Let's hope next week's airline conference in California results in a dependable and reliable carrier being found for future service in and out of Alpena.
This week board approval came for Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce Director Jackie Krawczak and Target Alpena Director Jim Klarich to attend the conference being hosted by Sixel, the consulting firm representing Alpena in talks with prospective airlines.
We're optimistic the enthusiasm of Krawczak and Klarich, combined with the experience and expertise of Sixel representatives, will make for a good impression of airlines folks toward Alpena.
Whether that winning impression will result in actual bids, however, will have to be seen May 15, when the next DOT deadline arrives.
While we appreciate the Department of Transportation giving Alpena officials one last chance to attract bids for airline service to the airport, the timing couldn't have been worse with airlines concerned about the rising costs of fuel, and how that will impact their bottomlines.
Certainly fuel costs aren't a deal breaker for any airlines wanting to bid on the Alpena service, but it certainly will factor into the Essential Air Service subsidy a bidder seeks from the feds to provide that service.
Hopefully the conference will be productive. The community needs good news when it comes to airline discussions, and wouldn't it be great next month to finally write a happy ending to this long story.