Las Cruces intrastate air travel delayed as bid process will restart

Planes take off and land at the Las Cruces International Airport on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022.

This story was updated at 12:20 p.m. July 5 to reflect the city’s response.

LAS CRUCES – The selection of a company to provide flights from Las Cruces to cities such as Santa Fe and Albuquerque has hit a snag, likely delaying the resumption of commercial passenger service at the city’s airport for a few months.

The city has been approved for $3.5 million in state grant funding to establish intrastate commercial passenger service at Las Cruces International Airport. In December, the city council approved a resolution authorizing the city to seek the funding through the New Mexico Rural Air Service Enhancement Grant Program, which must include an additional 10 percent in matching city funds.

Airport Administrator Andy Hume said that while the city had selected an intrastate flight provider through a procurement process, a bidder who wasn’t selected appealed the decision. During the appeal process, Hume said it was decided it was in the “airport’s best interest” to cancel the bid and restart the request for proposal process.

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