Portland, Ore., to pay $3.5 million for international service

07/10/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

Cities have long waived landing fees or offered marketing support as an incentive for airline service, but Portland, Ore., has upped the ante by paying Delta Air Lines $3.5 million in cash to preserve a daily nonstop flight to Tokyo. According to The Wall Street Journal, such payments are becoming more commonplace as mid-sized cities scramble to maintain service as airlines reduce capacity in the face of mounting losses.

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