Ogden city leaders hope airport name change will draw commercial flights

Mar 29, 2018, 9:10 PM | Updated: 10:31 pm

OGDEN – A simple name change could affect how outsiders look at Ogden’s airport, according to some city leaders. The Ogden Hinckley Airport, which has held the name since 1998, could become the Ogden Salt Lake Regional Airport, pending FAA approval.

“As we are out with internet and various things like that, it gives us closer proximity. (It) lets people know that it’s close to the Salt Lake market, and that we are not that far away,” Ogden’s director of community and economic development, Tom Christopulos said.

Robin Mackenzie-Nielson

Despite proximity to airplane noise, some nearby residents, like Robin Mackenzie-Nielson, support the name change, and the effort to bring more commercial flights to the airport.

“People could relate more to the Salt Lake area, and maybe find out more about Ogden and where Ogden is and what it is close to,” Mackenzie-Nielson said. “I think it would be great for the economy, and great for me. (I) probably would use this airport more frequently, depending on you know, who the airline is.”

Christopulos said the proposed name change is just one piece of long-term plans to try and attract smaller carriers, like Skywest. The airport already has commercial flights to Mesa, AZ through Allegiant. That airline recently discontinued flights to Orange County, California, and Las Vegas.

“Most of our emphasis now, after what we’ve been working on, is what we call the 55-seat, the 75-seat aircraft, the secondary flight that would augment the flight for convenience to what goes on in Salt Lake,” Christopoulos said.

Like many smaller airports, Christopulos said Ogden city subsidizes the airport, with roughly $500,000 a year. The hope is that by bringing in commercial business, that number could be greatly reduced over time.

“Primary airports, big ones like Salt Lake City, they have plenty of ability to get gate revenue and everything else,” Christopoulos said. “What happens with small city airports, whether it’s Saint George or Cedar City, or Ogden, is what we are just trying to do is take less burden off taxpayers by having greater revenues than what our expenses are.”

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Ogden city leaders hope airport name change will draw commercial flights