From the editor’s desk: Clovis can expect air service by mid-July

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis can expect air service to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport by mid-July, according to the chief executive officer of Boutique Air.

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Boutique Air will offer 18 round trips per week from Clovis beginning next month, according to the Chief Executive Officer Shawn Simpson.

Clovis can still expect air service to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport by mid-July, the chief executive officer of Boutique Air said on Wednesday.

Shawn Simpson declined to provide a specific date when service will begin but said he expects Boutique to offer 18 round trips per week from Clovis beginning next month. The Department of Transportation has established a July 22 deadline and will provide Boutique a $3.89 million subsidy over two years.

Roundtrip tickets will range from $160 to $400, Simpson said. Three trips will be scheduled daily each Monday through Friday. Weekend schedules have not been determined, but “at least two” flights will be available on Sundays and another either Saturday or Sunday, he said.

No plans for trips to Albuquerque are scheduled now, Simpson said, but that could change after service is established.

The Clovis Municipal Airport terminal was locked up tight on Wednesday with no evidence of activity. But Gene Bieker, the airport’s director, said contract discussions are progressing and he is anxious “to get it up and running.”

“So far, Boutique seems fairly responsive, and they seem like they really want this and want to make it work,” Bieker said.

Simpson said Boutique, based in San Francisco, expects to hire “two or three” employees, including a customer service agent, specific to the Clovis operation.

Clovis has been without air service since January.

Information about the airline: www.boutiqueair.com

The Editor’s Desk was compiled by Clovis News Journal Editor David Stevens and staff writer Alisa Boswell. Contact Stevens at:
dstevens@cnjonline.com