Airline proposals on the table in Mason City

Mason City, IOWA – It looks like new opportunities could soon be taking off in Mason City. Great Lakes Airlines announced they were suspending service from the airport earlier this year, in part, because of a shortage of pilots.
In early February, the airport commission met to get the process moving to find another air carrier.
Applicants had until February 21st to make that happen, and it looks like there is some interest from two airlines, according to airport director Pam Osgood.
Proposals from Great Lakes, the former air carrier in Mason City, and Air Choice One are both in consideration.
Great Lakes would run a route to Minneapolis and possibly Chicago.
Air Choice One is looking at a Chicago route with a possible partnership with Fort Dodge.
The next step includes a review process with the airport commission and city officials to decide what’s next.
The Department of Transportation and the Essential Air Service in Washington DC want comments in by March 14th.
There is an airport commission meeting on March 10th, and the proposals could be discussed then.

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