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SkyWest will stay in Alpena

Submitted by on July 1, 2020 – 12:56 amNo Comment

SkyWest Airlines will continue to provide service in and out of the Alpena Airport for at least the next two years.

The United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) has agreed to pay the airline an annual subsidy of nearly $3.8 million to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at the airport, with 12 roundtrip flights per week to Detroit using 50-passenger jets.

The annual subsidy is an increase of 57% over the previous two-year agreement.

Mayor Matt Waligora wrote a letter of support for SkyWest’s proposal and was happy to learn they will be staying in town.

“As I’ve stated many times, I am pleased that SkyWest will continue to provide air service to Alpena and I can’t imagine what our economic picture would look like without them,” Waligora added.

SkyWest was one of two airlines to submit a proposal for service in and out of Alpena. The new two-year contract starts October 1 and continues through September 30, 2022.

The federal government provides a subsidy to airlines that provide Essential Air Service to small airports across the nation. The service is bid out every two years.