Flights to cease at Mason City airport

Mason City Airport

MASON CITY, Iowa – Great Lakes Airlines announced Monday afternoon they are suspending air service at the Mason City Municipal Airport, as well as airports in Fort Dodge, Thief River Falls, Minnesota, two airports in North Dakota, and one in Michigan.

Mason City airport officials say the last flight will take off on Friday.

“Due to the unintended consequences of the new congressionally-mandated pilot regulatory requirements, the company feels it is in the best interest of our customers communities, and employees to suspend service from these stations until we are able to rebuild our staff of pilots in order to proved reliable service,” said Great Lakes Chief Executive Officer Charles Howell.  “We deeply regret and apologize for this inconvenience.

In a statement, Great Lakes states that all customers with future flights will be given refunds.  Those seeking refunds should contact the original booking agent of the flight.

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