United States Senator Jim Risch visited the Idaho Falls Airport this morning to learn more about their operations that were threatened to be cut by the FAA during the Sequestration period.
The meeting began with Senator Risch signing a letter of support for a grant the Idaho Falls Airport is applying to at the end of the July. The Small Community Air Service Developing Grant they hope will bring in at least half a million dollars to help establish an East coast flight.
"There is a lot of transportation funds available and it's important that we get as much directed of this transportation funds to Idaho and to places like Idaho Falls," said U.S. Senator Jim Risch.
After discussing the possible sequester effects, including tower operations and growth they preceded to give a brief tour of the tower in an effort to display the important role that it contributes to safety and expansion.
"Control towers are critically important to anyone in the flying public and when you take a place like Idaho Falls where transportation is so important, you have a vibrant economy, and a growing economy, trying to create jobs and trying to get people back to work, you have to have transportation and you really need to have air service," added Senator Risch.
Grow Idaho Falls CEO says having the Senator here along with his letter of support will continue to help make the Idaho Falls Airport sustainable.
"The economy here is so dependent on transportation access that we are required to pay attention to that and having the FAA stamp of approval and safety is very important to not only the airlines and their flight into here, but also the people that own business aircrafts here and tourism and business interest here, as well," said Linda Martin, the CEO of Grow Idaho Falls.
"This airport is critically important to this area of the state and we recognize that and we are going to continue to work at it to make sure that it is properly funded and operating right," said Senator Risch.
All the officials who met this morning agree on a common goal. They say this meeting was really about keeping the options of travel, employment, and opportunity, open for the people here in Southeast Idaho. Back to you in the studio.
Craig Davis, Director of Aviation with the Idaho Falls Airport, gives a big thanks to both Idaho Senators for their support and he said they should find out if the grant was approved at the end of August.