Port, taxpayers will subsidize Asiana flights


Asiana Airlines will get over $750,000 from the Port of Portland and Oregon taxpayers for flying cargo jets between PDX and Seoul.

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Asiana Airlines will get over $750,000 from the Port of Portland and Oregon taxpayers for flying cargo jets between PDX and Seoul.

Port officials, who operate Portland International Airport, disclosed the incentives — split between cash and landing-fee waivers — after a news conference Wednesday announcing the cargo service. The flights by Boeing 747 freighters will begin Sept. 2 and operate three times a week, putting Portland in direct competition with Anchorage as a stopping point for Asian flights.

Asiana will get $200,000 from Gov. John Kitzhaber’s strategic reserve fund to cover ground-handling operations and another $200,000 from the fund to offset costs if the Seoul-based airline runs the flights for a year, said Bill Wyatt, Port of Portland executive director. He said the Port will also waive landing fees for a year, a benefit worth between $350,000 and $400,000, and will provide advertising support for several years.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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