Thursday, January 07, 2021

Central Nebraska Regional Airport (KGRI) to consider three airline bids

GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska (KSNB) - Grand Island airport and city officials have to choose an airline to provide federally subsidized Essential Air Service (EAS) to the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

The current contract between the Department of Transportation (DOT) and American Airlines to provide EAS to Grand Island expires in June. American currently runs about 12 flights per week between Grand Island and Dallas-Fort Worth.

Three airlines submitted bids to the DOT for Grand Island Service:

American Airlines to continue 12 flights a week to Dallas using a 50-seat jet from the American Eagle regional carrier;

Boutique Airlines to provide 42 weekly round trips between Grand Island and Denver using an eight-seat single engine turbo-prop airplane;

SkyWest Airlines to provide 13 weekly round trips between Grand Island and Denver and Grand Island and Chicago using a 50-seat aircraft. SkyWest is affiliated with United Express and currently serves the Kearney Regional Airport with flights to Denver and Chicago.

Executive Director Mike Olson told Local4 that the Hall County Airport Authority will choose the preferred contract at its January 20 meeting. The Grand Island city council will also have to approve that choice. The airport authority would then notify the DOT of its preference. The DOT would then have final approval for the EAS carrier.

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