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Colorado Springs Airport could get a boost



Rep. Doug Lamborn has joined forces with a Democrat to co-sponsor House Resolution 5766, which would help certain airports, including Colorado Springs Airport, by opening up a grant program to small, under-served facilities.

Lamborn's deputy chief of staff, Justin Johnson, says via email that the bill "would directly benefit the Colorado Springs airport." In a news release, Lamborn's office explains the resolution would eliminate the requirement that grants be restricted only to airports that were classified as small in 1997, and would benefit airports in Colorado Springs, El Paso, Texas; Tucson, Arizona; Louisville, Kentucky; Reno-Tahoe (Nevada); Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Guam.

According to the House website, the resolution, sponsored by Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, was introduced on Nov. 20 and has been referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Lamborn is the only co-sponsor listed.

The two-page bill would modify the criteria for selecting communities to participate in the Small Community Air Service Development Program. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation website, the program is designed to help small communities address air service and airfare issues and give applicants the opportunity to self-identify air service deficiencies and propose appropriate solutions. The program can involve revenue guarantees and financial assistance for marketing programs, start-up costs and studies.

Recipients of a combined $11.4 million under the program in 2013 included Gunnison, which received $350,000 to support new summer-season air service from Texas, according to letters of support written to the Transportation Department.

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