Air service returns to Mason City

MASON CITY, IA – Since early February, the Mason City Airport has been without an airline, but that will soon be changing.

It’s just a matter of who will be taking off from North Iowa.

Today, the airport commission met to talk about two proposals and to recommend one of the carriers but they’re putting off a decision to allow time for one of the airlines, Great Lakes, to improve their proposal.

Great lakes had been the carrier out of Mason City, but cut back, blaming a pilot shortage. They’re up against Air Choice One, which is offering service to Chicago and St. Louis while Great Lakes is looking to fly to Minneapolis and Chicago.

Those with the airport – say they’re just ready to have a carrier back in service for their customers.

“I think it is very important to have a commercial air service at your airport especially for the economic value that an airport brings to your community to attract new businesses to your community and to provide service for the traveling public,” says airport manager Pam Osgood.

The airport commission will meet again next week when they’re expected to make a recommendation then.

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