- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) - The manager of Jamestown’s airport says Great Lakes Airlines is pulling out of Jamestown and Devils Lake at the end of the month.

KSJB radio reports that Matthew Leitner says Great Lakes is citing a pilot shortage. Great Lakes did not immediately respond to an Associated Press request for comment.

Officials in both Devils Lake and Jamestown earlier endorsed a switch from Great Lakes to SkyWest Airlines to provide service under the federal Essential Air Service program. Great Lakes provides service on turboprop planes, while SkyWest flies jets. The federal Department of Transportation has the final say.

U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and a representative from Rep. Kevin Cramer’s office on Monday afternoon planned to meet with Susan Kurland, DOT’s assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs.

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Information from: KSJB-AM, https://ksjbam.com


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