Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Department of Transportation approves 50-seat passenger jets for Kearney Regional Airport (KEAR)

KEARNEY — Fifty-seat jetliners will provide commuter flights to Denver beginning in fall 2018, Kearney City Manager Mike Morgan announced today (Tuesday).

The federal Department of Transportation selected Skywest Airlines as the Essential Air Service provider for the city of Kearney. The two-year contract awarded to SkyWest will begin in fall 2018 when reconstruction of Kearney Regional Airport’s main runway is complete. The Federal Aviation Administration is paying 90 percent of the cost for the $12 million runway project, which will open the door for jet service at the Kearney airport.

According to a city of Kearney press release, SkyWest will fly 12 nonstop round-trip flights per week to Denver from Kearney.

SkyWest is part of the United Airlines network, which will be marketed as United Express. The carrier will feature bookings, connections and baggage transfers that will access United Airlines’ global network.

Flight schedules and prices will be announced in the summer.

“This is exciting news that was the result of a lot of hard work by staff, City Council, various citizen committees, the Chamber of Commerce and others,” Mayor Stan Clouse said. “United Express operated by SkyWest will provide an outstanding air service choice for not only recreational travelers but business travelers as well.”

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.theindependent.com

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