AIRPORT ISSUES: Ft. Dodge Wants Modified Proposals

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The Fort Dodge Airport Commission is asking that bids for air service to its community be rejected.

Fort Dodge hasn’t had air service since February 1st, when Great Lakes Aviation could not get enough pilots because of federal regulations.

The airport terminal is currently undergoing a long planned upgrade, which is not connected to the lack of air service.

Now, the commission is asking federal transportation authorities to reject proposals from Great Lakes and from Air Choice One. At issue is the fare structure for Great Lakes, and Air Choice’s plans to use single-engine aircraft.

The request comes from both Fort Dodge and Mason City.

“It’s not that we won’t select either one of those carriers, the current proposals that they submitted we would like to work with carriers and have an opportunity to do that to do something that fits our communities,” says Fort Dodge Airport Director Rhonda Chambers.

In Fort Dodge, air travelers have expressed concern over getting air service back. At one time, 10,000 passengers flew out of Fort Dodge per year.

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