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A Kalispell group is asking Flathead residents to help bring more direct flights to Glacier Park International Airport.

The Airport Expansion and Retention Organization (AERO) formed about a year ago.

AERO says it plans to promise air carriers up front a cash baseline, only paying out if the airline loses money on the new flight.

The groups says that means commercial flights have almost nothing to lose.

The Flathead County Economic Development Authority said if that happens, it will match up to $100,000, and groups like the Kalispell Tourism Business Improvement District have already made soft commitments.

Jackson, Wyoming has had a program like this for twenty years. They have thirteen direct flights in and out of Jackson, and it's a market about the same size as ours," said Paul Johannsen, the chairman of AERO.

January 30, AERO is hosting an event to ask local businesses to join the cause.

About 140 people were invited and nearly thirty have RSVPed.

Johannsen says he hopes to raise at least $75,000 at the event.

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