SAN ANGELO, TX – The San Angelo City Council and the Economic Development board approved measures Tuesday morning paving the way for Skywest Airlines to begin service to San Angelo.
The city council and the development board held a joint meeting Tuesday morning where the development board passed a resolution authorizing the use of sales and use tax funds of $1.2 million guaranteed to reimburse SkyWest for services if the passenger load doesn't meet the company's requirements.
The city council then ratified the resolution passed by the COSADC. The move will provide a morning and evening flight from San Angelo to Houston using 50 passenger jets beginning in mid to late April.
Skywest will be operating as United Express to Houston.
The agreement includes $200,000 in advertising for SkyWest by the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce.
In addition, the city is applying for a Small Community Air Services Development Agreement Program grant for $1.2 million to cover any costs associated with the agreement.
The city of Abilene received a SCASDAP grant for a similar project.
The agreement also includes waiving all rental and landing fees for SkyWest for two years.
During the meeting San Angelo Mayor Brenda Gunter said tickets would go on sale soon for flights beginning in April.
It has been 20 years since San Angelo has had two airlines flying out of Mathis Field. Continental Airlines used to fly the San Angelo to Houston route.