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Air Service Marketing

Access to airline service in a community is:

  • a tool for economic development
  • useful in recruiting new job providers
  • vital for those who need access to global transportation networks

Appropriated by the legislature biennially, the Air Service Marketing program offers a total of $200,000 in grants each year. Communities that own airports in greater Minnesota are eligible to apply for an Air Service Marketing Grant to encourage the preservation and expansion of airline service.

Eligible Expenses for reimbursement:

  • air service advertising
  • public relations campaigns to inform the public of the value of an airport and its airline service
  • marketing studies
  • service improvement activities
  • route analysis

Expenses NOT Eligible for reimbursement:

  • promotion of an airport in the service area of another airport
  • promotions featuring a specific airline over another
  • payments to airlines as subsidies

Learn more

Read more about the program at Minnesota Statues 360.0151.

In March 2012, Minnesota Management and Budget, Management Analysis and Development created presentations for Five Thriving Minnesota Communities. View each community’s presentation:

Five Thriving Communities: Bemidji, Brainerd, Hibbing, International Falls and Thief River Falls
Images of Bemidji, Brainerd, Hibbing, International Falls and Theif River Falls