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North state air service takes another hit

Hope was high when PenAir airlines started serving Redding last year. People around here thought there might be hope for Chico too, which lost its commercial air service in 2014.

That elevated feeling was pretty much crushed when the Alaska-based airline said it would stop its Redding to Portland flights, and then filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization last week, according to the Redding Record Searchlight.

The article indicated PenAir hoped the bankruptcy filing would help it survive. The article indicated the Crescent City to Portland flight would continue, as well as its service in Boston and Denver.

While some could see that as a north state disappointment, there are others who think this gives Chico more power in that those Redding travelers might come down here for flights, should we get commercial air service back.

Asked about PenAir’s exit, Chico Airport Manager Sherry Miller noted, “A carrier going out of…

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