A Helena Regional Airport official on Tuesday formally announced the formation of the Helena Air Service Alliance, a group aimed at increasing flights and other business at the airport.
Airport Director Jeff Wadekamper outlined the goals of the alliance at a lunch meeting at the airport attended by about 75 people and said it would be focused on maintaining and growing air service to the community through access to airline networks, job growth, economic development and local quality of life improvements.
“We all know that air service plays a lot of roles in a vital, healthy community,” he said, adding the airport has been working with the alliance’s core groups for several years, but has never formalized it.
“We decided it was time to take it to the next step and form this group, move forward and take it to the next level,” Wadekamper said.
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