- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Great Lake Airlines is ending service to Mason City, leaving the northern Iowa airport without commercial air service.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1hGjiC8 ) the Cheyenne, Wyo.-based airline announced Monday that it would end service to Mason City on Friday.

Great Lakes Chief Executive Officer Charles Howell blamed the move on a federal requirement that pilots at small airlines have 1,500 hours of experience. That’s up from a previous requirement of 500 hours.

The airline says it had 304 pilots a year ago and now has 98, leaving it unable to staff its routes.

Mason City airport manager Pam Osgood says officials will seek service from another airline, but it will be at least two months before a replacement can be found.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/


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