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Mesaba to remain carrier at Alpena airport

Submitted by on May 14, 2010 – 11:46 amNo Comment

Just days after filing another extension, the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) has come to terms with Mesaba Airlines over providing service in and out of Alpena.

The DOT contract not only covers essential air service in Alpena, but also in Sault Ste. Marie, International Falls, Minnesota and Tupelo, Mississippi.

Mesaba will be paid a subsidy of nearly $740,000 for flights in and out of Alpena from October 12, 2009 through June 9, 2010.  A new two-year agreement starts on June 10, for which Mesaba will be paid $1.5 million annually.

Airport Manager Billi McRoberts said the new contract does not call for Alpena to share any flights with the Sault.  That means passengers in and out of Alpena should not be bumped from flights.  McRoberts says the new deal will maintain two-nonstop daily flights from Alpena to Detroit.

Mesaba is a regional carrier for Delta Airlines.