Freedom New Mexico
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday that it has renewed Essential Air Service contracts with Great Lakes Airlines for Clovis, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman.
Great Lakes will provide two round trips per day and each weekend to Albuquerque from Clovis, with a federal subsidy rate of $1.6 million per year.
The DOT also renewed a similar Great Lakes contract with Silver City, and a New Mexico Airlines deal to provide air service to Carlsbad worth $1.3 million.
Congress established the EAS program in 1978 to ensure that communities that had commercial air service before deregulation continued to receive scheduled service.