Modesto considers report on restarting air service

Modesto officials will get an update Wednesday on a consultant’s study on what it will take for the city to restart commercial passenger flights at Modesto Airport, which has been without such service since June 2014.

The report by Texas-based Trillion Aviation states “it is feasible for Modesto to re-establish air service.” But the report also states Modesto faces several challenges, including airlines leaving smaller markets and that airlines’ experiences at the airport “have been less than impressive.” SkyWest Airlines, which had provided daily service to San Francisco, left the Modesto Airport in June 2014 because of a lack of profitability.

But the report states Modesto’s greatest strength is a “relatively large population base nearby with little-to-no service.” The report states the top markets for Modesto-area airline travelers are Los Angeles and Phoenix. It also says that the area the airport serves would be the seventh-largest Latino market in the United States.

The report will be discussed at the City Council’s Healthy Economy Committee. The committee meets at 2 p.m. in room 2005 on the second floor of Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St. The meeting is open to the public.