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Great Lakes Airlines to suspend air service in Fort Dodge and Mason City as of this Saturday
Posted: Jan 27 2014 by ppowers

Officials with Great Lakes Airways,Limited announced Monday the suspension of air service to two Iowa airports effective this Saturday,February 1. The suspension includes the Fort Dodge and Mason City airports. Great Lakes Chief Executive Officer Charles Howell said the reason for the suspension is due to the new congressionally mandated pilot regulatory requirements that has caused an industry wide pilot shortage. Great Lakes Airways provides daily air service from Fort Dodge and Mason City to the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport. Since January 1,Great Lakes has canceled 50 percent of their scheduled flights due to no pilot crews thus having a severe impact on operations. Fort Dodge Regional Airport Director Rhonda Chamber said the Fort Dodge airport commission and community partners will begin the process of regaining an air service carrier.Great Lakes began providing air service to Fort Dodge and Mason City in April,2012 after Mesaba Aviation and Pinnacle Airlines,both affiliated with Delta Airlines suspended air service to many of its small regional cities. The current contract with Great Lakes Airlines expires on May 31,2014 with Fort Dodge Regional Airport. Great Lakes Airlines will suspend service to Devils Lake and Jamestown,North Dakota, Ironwood,Michigan and Thief River Falls,Minnesota.

Officials with Great Lakes Airways,Limited announced Monday the suspension of air service to two Iowa airports effective this Saturday,February 1. The suspension includes the Fort Dodge and Mason City airports. Great Lakes Chief Executive Officer Charles Howell said the reason for the suspension is due to the new congressionally mandated pilot regulatory requirements that has caused an industry wide pilot shortage. Great Lakes Airways provides daily air service from Fort Dodge and Mason City to the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport. Since January 1,Great Lakes has canceled 50 percent of their scheduled flights due to no pilot crews thus having a severe impact on operations. Fort Dodge Regional Airport Director Rhonda Chamber said the Fort Dodge airport commission and community partners will begin the process of regaining an air service carrier.Great Lakes began providing air service to Fort Dodge and Mason City in April,2012 after Mesaba Aviation and Pinnacle Airlines,both affiliated with Delta Airlines suspended air service to many of its small regional cities. The current contract with Great Lakes Airlines expires on May 31,2014 with Fort Dodge Regional Airport. Great Lakes Airlines will suspend service to Devils Lake and Jamestown,North Dakota, Ironwood,Michigan and Thief River Falls,Minnesota.

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