|AIR TRANSPORTATION RE-ESTABLISHED|
FLIGHT SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED 4-15-14 LMS
Gem Air will be officially beginning flight services on May 1.
JoAnn Wolters of Gem Air told the Lemhi County Commissioners Monday, April 14, that as of June 18 two roundtrip flights per day between Salmon and Boise will be offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays, on a year around schedule. She said the back to back schedule was chosen with business meetings in mind and is the first step towards re-establishing commuter service for this area. Wolters said many professional people in Boise have been avoiding trips to Salmon due to the distance/time issues and have been conducting business by way of teleconferences. State employees are especially happy to see the scheduled flight service since it will enable in-person visits. The non-Summer schedule may be somewhat different due to the annual drop in river user traffic.
The scheduled flights also open the door to bringing medical specialists from Boise to serve local patients. Wolters said Gem Air is just beginning to reach out for other potential customers and would appreciate it if local residents and officials will spread the word that the service is available.
In addition to the scheduled flights two days a week there will be daily on-demand flights between Salmon and Boise available seven days a week on a reservation basis.
A new convenience has been added to the air service and that is on-line booking. The Gem Air website will debut on April 22 at www.gemairflights.com and tickets may be purchased from any location in the country.
Wolters said Gem Air is working with the Federal Department of Transportation to establish a Commuter Status. That status will permit additional scheduled flights between Salmon and Boise and should be finalized this year. Gem Air representatives will be meeting with the Idaho Department of Commerce next week to discuss advertising and news releases as well as the possibility of making block ticket purchases available.
She indicated interest in the service is coming from all directions including Idaho Falls. Wolters said, “It’s amazing with people coming out of the woodwork without us even going directly to them. It’s a needed service.” She added that needing the service is one thing. Supporting the service is the other thing needed to make it work.
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