Airport Improvements

Mason City, Iowa - You’re not alone if you’re starting to get a little spring fever and want to get things in order.  The Mason City Municipal Airport is also getting the itch.

“There is some state funding out there that we would possibly be able to install a new air conditioning system at the airport which would be wonderful, and also some security cameras to enhance security here at the airport,” said Mason City Airport General Manager Pam Osgood.

But those improvements are just the beginning.  Osgood says improving the little things will make a world of difference.

“I think any improvement that we can make here at the airport is definitely a benefit to the users of the airport and any federal dollars, or state dollars that we can get coming our way we need to use those,” said Osgood.

There have been a few rough patches for this airport, including some complaints with the airport’s new carrier, Great Lakes Airlines.  Now, though, airport leadership is focused on making improvements for this Spring.  The airline will now have a plane at the airport in the morning, so passengers can book earlier flights.

“Because right now a lot of people have felt like our service has not been very reliable and this will make our service much more reliable,” said Jennifer Dunn, Chair of the Airport Commission.

Meanwhile, Osgood points out that if people don’t start using the local airport, these improvements may be a thing of the past.

“I think its important for people to know that they need to support their local airport and the old saying is ‘if you don’t use it you might lose it,’ and we want to make sure we have commercial service for the users of the airport and surrounding communities,” said Osgood.

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