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March enplanements up at Alpena airport

Submitted by on April 29, 2010 – 6:02 amNo Comment

The number of people flying in and out of Alpena County Regional Airport increased slightly during the month of March.

Enplanements increased 1.8 percent for the month, following February’s decline of nearly 7 percent.  The total number of flyers in and out of the airport is still trending well below the 10,000 mark, a threshold that would qualify the airport for a one-million dollar grant.  Fall below 10,0000, as the airport has done since 2006, and receive only $150,000.  Still, airport manager Billi McRoberts has seen an overall increase in passengers this year. 

In other airport news, McRoberts still has not heard anything on a new essential air service agreement.  The agreement to provide service at the airport is signed between the federal government and the airline carrier it awards the contract to.  Mesaba has been providing the service for years, but its most recent proposal was rejected by the Department of Transportation.

The DOT has extended Mesaba’s contract through next Wednesday.  It is the 3rd time the contract has been extended since last fall.

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