Deadline arrives for air proposals for Mason City

Deadline arrives for air proposals for Mason City

June 02, 2014 4:00 pm

MASON CITY | Monday was the deadline for commercial airlines interested in serving Mason City to file a proposal with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Pam Osgood, manager of Mason City Municipal Airport, said it usually takes several days for the DOT to process the proposals and notify the local airport.
Mason City has been without commercial air service since February when Great Lakes Airlines suspended operations because of a pilot shortage.
The Airport Commission solicited proposals through the Department of Transportation and received two — one from Great Lakes, headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyo., and the other from Air Choice One out of St. Louis.
The commission voted unanimously to reject both proposals. Commissioners said there had been many complaints about Great Lakes in the two years it served Mason City.
Both Great Lakes and Air Choice One offered nine-seat planes and Air Choice one offered no service to Minneapolis.

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