Merced Regional Airport Will No Longer Be
Providing Commercial Air Service to
McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas
The Merced Regional Airport will no longer offer service to Las Vegas through Great Lakes Airlines after March 31. Travelers affected by the changes should contact Great Lakes Airlines by calling (800) 554-5111 to make alternative arrangements.View full press release HERE.
Janet Ratzlaff from Merced CA was our 2011 Second Quarter Winner of TWO Round Trip Tickets to Las Vegas or LAX on Great Lakes Airlines. Congratulations Janet!
Great Lakes Airlines Adds an Additional Daily Round Trip to
Los Angeles from Merced Regional Airport
It's going to get easier to get to Los Angeles from Merced starting Sept. 8. Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. is announcing an additional daily round trip flight to Los Angeles International Airport.View full press release and new schedule HERE.
Hermalinda Reyes from Merced CA was our 2011 First Quarter Winner of TWO Round Trip Tickets to Las Vegas on Great Lakes Airlines. Congratulations Hermalinda!
IMPORTANT NOTICE - IATS ADVISORY: Re-Registration and Renewal
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued the Final Rule regarding the Re-Registration and Renewal of Aircraft Registration. The Final Rule detailing the new regulation was published in the Federal Register on July 20, 2010 and becomes effective on October 1, 2010. The goal of the new regulation is to provide the FAA with accurate up-to-date registration information. The Final Rule requires all current U.S. registered aircraft to re-register and receive a new certificate of registration that will include an expiration date and only be valid for a period of three years. Learn More
Vanessa Lara was our latest winner of the drawing for two roundtrip tickets to Vegas for two. Congratulations Vanessa!
The Hangar Café is now open! View menu.
UC Merced Continues to Grow
The University of California, Merced is continuing to grow; the school received over 12,000 applicants for Fall 2010, which was a 21 percent increase from the previous year. Freshman applicants totaled 10,594 up 17.3 percent from the previous year, as well as transfers increasing to 1,772 up 49.5 percent. As of Fall 2009 UC Merced had a total student body of 3,414, which includes graduates and undergraduates. Aside from the astounding accomplishments and traffic the establishment has brought Merced, the school's major goal is to become the greenest campus in the country. They have already taken honors in all of their buildings and expect to continue to receive honors on their buildings under construction upon completion.
Christina Ford, of Merced, CA, previous winner of the drawing for two roundtrip tickets to Vegas and hotel accommodations for two. Congratulations Christina!
Mercy Medical Center Merced
The seven story hospital opened on May 2, 2010. The new hospital has 190 beds, mainly private rooms, the latest imaging devices, a new birthing center, and an emergency room that is three times the size of the previous E.R.
Gateway Air Center #1 in the West
Gateway Air Center is the number 1 Cirrus service center west of the Mississippi. Cirrus executives, from Duluth, MN notified Gateway Air Center they were handling more cirrus aircraft for both parts and structural repairs than any other service center in the west. Over 100 loyal Cirrus customers frequent Gateway Air Center annually for maintenance support, dealing with everything from oil changes and avionics upgrades to major structural repairs. Congratulations!
Paul Garza, of Fresno, CA, previous winner of the drawing for two roundtrip tickets and hotel accommodations for two. Congratulations Paul!
Merced Passengers Will Be Flyin' to Vegas
The City of Merced and Great Lakes Airlines announced today that flights between Merced Regional Airport and McCarran International Airport Las Vegas would begin April 7. The airline will offer two flights to Las Vegas each day, and two flights from Las Vegas to Merced. View schedule here.
The current air service to Ontario International Airport in Southern California will be discontinued. The new air service will provide Merced with a destination that had been popular in past years for Merced residents. Under a previous air carrier, Merced saw nearly 10,000 enplanements to Las Vegas and that was going to the smaller North Las Vegas Airport. The Great Lakes Airlines service to McCarran offers passengers better connections, and is close to the downtown action.
In addition to being a destination, Las Vegas also is one of the major air hubs in the country. Great Lakes passengers would be able to connect to more than 30 different air carriers based at McCarran. Domestic flight connections include Honolulu, Washington and New York. Among the international destinations that passengers can connect to are Canada, Mexico, France and England.
Major New Transportation Construction
Merced just received $12 million from the State to construct the first leg of Campus Parkway, which will connect Highway 99 (at the new Mission interchange) to the UC Merced campus. Also Caltrans will be reconstructing the Bradley Overhead starting in late 2009, which improves Highway 140 in eastern Merced at a cost of about $11 million. And the City just received a $9 million State grant to pay half the cost of an $18 million undercrossing of the BNSF railroad tracks at G Street in central Merced. All three of these projects are in the Gateways Redevelopment Area - totaling $41 million in transportation construction by 2010.
Proposed Wal-Mart Distribution Center
Wal-Mart has purchased a 150 acre parcel in eastern Merced to build a 1.2 million square foot distribution center, which will be an $8 million investment. Over 600 jobs will be created initially, with ultimate employment of about 1,000.
Downtown Projects Continue
The historic Merced Theatre is headed to restoration in 2009, creating a 1,100-seat performing arts theatre. Financial support from the community has been strong and fundraising is on target. The new Merced Center Parking Structure has just opened with 340 parking spaces and about 10,000 square feet of commercial/office space. And Merced College's Downtown Business Resource Center opened in early 2008, bringing the community college's economic development programming together in one downtown site.
The Airport Industrial Park is home to one of Merced's newest industries, Zymex. The packaging and processing plant is housed in a 15,000 square foot building with four planned expansions. Frito Lay has relocated and expanded its warehouse and distribution center, 6,000 square feet, to the Airport Industrial Park.
Merced Airport Goes Regional
Merced Municipal Airport/Macready Field has changed its name to Merced Regional Airport/Macready Field. The airport's name change was sparked by the recently received Small Community Air service Development Program Grant
(SCASDP). The Airport Authority voted unanimously recommending the City Council approve the name change, and on
March 6, 2009 the Merced City Council voted unanimously approving the change. In addition to receiving the grant
and changing its name, Merced Regional Airport was also designated as an Air Service Development Zone by the Department of Transportation. The Federal Aviation Administration is currently changing all references on aeronautical charts and publications to Merced Regional Airport/Macready Field. Great Lakes Airlines flies daily to Ontario International Airport in Southern California where travelers can find 30 non-stop flights to various destinations across the US and to Mexico.