Spokane Airport receives $950,000 for nonstop service to LA

Spokane International Airport will receive a $950,000 grant to bring back nonstop air service to Southern California under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Small Community Air Service Development Program, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., announced today.

Spokane had nonstop service to the Los Angeles area in 2004 and 2008, but air service between the two destinations is currently possible only via connecting flights, despite passenger demand. In 2010, nearly 230,000 passengers traveled from Spokane to the Los Angeles basin, making it the second most popular destination after Seattle.

"This is a major step forward for job growth and commerce in the Inland Northwest," Cantwell said in a statement. "Spokane International Airport is a critical regional hub that drives economic growth throughout the Inland Northwest. Southern California can become the second largest passenger destination from Spokane, making the airport a stop for hundreds of thousands of additional travelers every year. Tapping into this new market will help expand local businesses, facilitate tourism and create jobs in Spokane."