Extract from a press release from the city of Las Cruces
At its regular meeting on December 20, Las Cruces City Council unanimously passed a resolution authorizing city staff to apply for a $ 3.5 million grant to the New Mexico Department of Transportation. -Aviation Division (NMDOT-A) which could establish intra-state air service between Las Cruces International Airport (LCIA) and other cities in New Mexico through the Service Improvement Program Rural New Mexico (NMRSEP).
The resolution authorizes the city to provide 10 percent of the matching funds, for a total request of $ 3.85 million to participate in the program.
If approved by the NMDOT-A, in-state flights to and from Las Cruces to Albuquerque would initially be established. Flights from LCIA could begin as early as mid-2022. Eventually, additional flights to and from Santa Fe and other cities in New Mexico may be introduced, depending on demand.
A call for tenders has been initiated by the city to determine a provider for the flights. Proposals were due on December 28.
Las Cruces has been without commercial air service since July 2005.
LCIA is continuing phase two of a study on passenger air services conducted by DuBois & King and Airplanners. The study supports the city’s strategic plan and LCIA’s goals of having daily regional commercial flights.
If the NMDOT-A grant is awarded, city council will be presented with a budget adjustment, likely between February and April, to accept the price and budget for the cash consideration.
The NMRSEP Act was passed by the New Mexico legislature of 2021 to promote air service to connect communities in New Mexico, especially where air service does not already exist.