We’ve recently made several improvements to the Cavern City Air Terminal and are very proud of our airport right now. An important decision-making process regarding Carlsbad’s airport is also in the process.
Late in 2020, the United States Department of Transportation issued a new request for proposals for a contract to operate commercial flights out of Carlsbad. Carlsbad is an “Essential Air Service” community, which means a federal subsidy is awarded to an airline offering flights in and out of Carlsbad. Boutique Air holds the current contract, but a new request for bids is sent out by the DOT every few years.
Four companies: Southern Airways, Denver Air Connection, Advanced Air, and Boutique Air, submitted proposals for the upcoming RFP. You can read these proposals by visiting www.regulations.gov and putting the following docket ID’s into the search engine:
DOT-OST-2002-12802-0150 (for Southern Airways),
DOT-OST-2002-12802-0149 (Denver Air),
DOT-OST-2002-12802-0148 (Advanced Air),
DOT-OST-2002-12802-0147 (Boutique Air),
The federal government has the final say in this process, but community feedback is important. For the City of Carlsbad, members of an advisory committee, chaired by Don George with Janell Whitlock serving as vice-chair, will carefully look over these proposals and consider and what each one has to offer. This committee has been asked to make a recommendation on a preference. Carlsbad’s City Council will then consider both this recommendation and the four original proposals and then vote on a final recommendation. Their recommendation will then be sent to the United States Department of Transportation, who considers community preference when making a final decision.
Thank you again to Don George, Janell Whitlock and the other members of our EAS Committee, who help us with this important process. Our committee members are Ekta Patel, Beverly Allen, Paul Shoemaker, Doug Weaver, Clint Cone, Chad Ingram and Larry Mitchell.
The 131 positive COVID-19 cases announced for Eddy County on Thursday was our highest single day total. There were 14 positive COVID-19 cases announced for Eddy County on Wednesday, which is the lowest total for a day in some time. The difference between these two numbers may indicate that some of the data from Wednesday was released on Thursday. Numbers are compiled over a two-week period, so these would still be averaged together. Either way, a combination of 145 positives is far too high for a two-day period. Local health care workers said they feared there would be a spike after the holidays. Please help us get through this phase of this pandemic by wearing face coverings whenever possible and avoiding large gatherings.
As of Jan. 7, 300,000 New Mexicans have registered for a COVID-19 vaccine through the state’s website: https://cvvaccine.nmhealth.org. A new call-center has been set up for anyone with questions about this registration process: residents can dial 1-855-600-3453 and press option 0 for vaccine questions.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway