Public money shouldn't be spent supporting the Utah Air Travel Commission unless the organization has a specific agenda, attorney Robert Campbell told the board of governors of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce this week.
Campbell, a commission member, suggested the commission, supported by funds from Salt Lake City and the state, needs more support in forming its agenda and goals from organizations like the chamber.He said the present commission articles prevent a chamber member from holding an executive position on the commission, even though the chamber makes four appointments to the commission, "but I would like to see the day when a chamber member becomes chairman."
Campbell wants to see stimulation of international air service from Salt Lake International Airport, and that could be a goal of the commission. He also would like to see a closer relationship between the commission and air carriers.
Curtis Ackerlind, another commission member, said the group has been instrumental in getting smoking banned on many airline flights, has studied airline rates from Utah to other destinations and always is trying to attract other air carriers to Utah.
Fred Rollins, district marketing director for Delta Air Lines, the largest airport tenant, suggested the commission look at the impact construction of a new airport in Denver will have on Utah air travel. "The commission should look at ways to direct traffic to Utah," he said.
He said Delta is aggressively pursuing international air routes and, when it is awarded some service, the company will advertise Utah.