Regardless of the recommendations of the cities, the final decision on which airline wins the contract will be made by the Department of Transportation.
Other factors include the requested amount of subsidy and comments from the flying public.
Last fall, Visalia and Merced were split on their preferences, with Merced backing Mesa Air Group while Visalia supported Great Lakes.
"Hopefully, if both Merced and Visalia make the same recommendation this time, it will carry more weight," Kirkpatrick said.
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