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Airport Proposes Schedule Change

Posted on 6/11/2009

Airport proposes schedule change

Officials of the Jamestown Regional Airport will be proposing a schedule change during the upcoming negotiations for the Essential Air Service contract, according to a report made by Andrew Schneider, airport manager to the governing board during its regular June Meeting.

The EAS contract is a federal subsidy to an airline for service to areas with lower passenger numbers. The current contract is held by Mesaba Airlines which is a subsidiary of the newly merged Delta and Northwest Airlines. The contract includes service to Jamestown and Devils Lake.

"We'll be proposing the same morning and evening flight schedule as we've had," Schneider said. "But we'd like to change the afternoon flight to make it more convenient."

Currently a non-stop flight from Minneapolis comes into Jamestown in the late evening before continuing to Devils Lake where it stays overnight. The morning return flight comes from Devils Lake to Jamestown and then continues non-stop to Minneapolis.

The current afternoon flight to Jamestown travels from Minneapolis to Brainerd then on to Jamestown. The return flight also makes a stop at Brainerd.

The afternoon flight from Minneapolis to Devils Lake makes a stop in Grand Forks.

The proposal Jamestown and Devils Lake will make jointly to Delta will be for a flight from Minneapolis to Jamestown, on to Devils Lake and then a direct flight back to Minneapolis.

The current EAS contract expires at the end of September. The contract is open to bids by any airline but Schneider said the assumption is that only Delta will make a bid.

The board also learned that planned work on runway shoulders contemplated for later this summer may not be eligible for Federal Aviation Administration funding until 2010. If that does occur it could delay the start of construction on a new addition to the terminal building.

"The time frame with the runway shoulder project could end up being next year," said Steve Aldinger, project engineer for Interstate Engineering. "That could push the terminal project back to 2011."

Aldinger said the terminal project could proceed earlier if Congress raised or eliminated the $200,000 yearly cap on FAA funding for terminal projects.

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at (701) 952-8452

or by e-mail at knorman@jamestownsun.com