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Clovis task force will choose from three air service bids

CLOVIS – Three companies have put their hat in the ring to be the new Essential Air Service provider at Clovis Municipal Airport, effective Feb. 1.

The Clovis city commission plans to make the decision less than three weeks from now between Advanced Air, Key Lime Air Corp. and Sky West Airlines, and plans to enlist a task force to help make that decision.

The only new business item on the Thursday city commission agenda is creation of a task force to review and interview applicants, then make a recommendation at the Oct. 22 commission meeting.

The U.S. Department of Transportation, which oversees the Federal Aviation Administration and the EAS program, has requested the city review proposals and submit comments no later than Oct. 29.

Suggested task force members include:

• Commissioner Rube Render, the commission’s representative on the civil aviation board.

• Vince Tyson, representing the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and Clovis Industrial Development Corp.

• Donnie Lewellyn, president of the civil aviation board.

• James Burns, president of the Committee of 50.

• A to-be-named representative for Southwest Cheese.

Additionally, City Manager Justin Howalt and Airport Director Josh Matekovic would serve in non-voting positions.