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Posted on: December 14, 2011

Garden City Regional Airport to Provide Regional Jet Service to Dallas/Fort Worth

November 14, 2011- Today marks the birth of regional commercial jet service in Southwest Kansas as the U.S Department of Transportation has issued a finalized order to select American Eagle Airlines as the federally subsidized air service provider between Garden City and Dallas.

The finalized order also selects Great Lakes Airlines as the air service provider for Dodge City, Liberal, Hays and Great Bend with flights to Denver.

“Garden City and Dodge City worked closely to provide convenient and affordable regional air service options for Southwest Kansas,” said Rachelle Powell, Director of Aviation at Garden City Regional Airport. “Within less than an hour’s drive, citizens will have the option to fly into two large hub airports.”

Powell said transitioning Garden City Regional Airport’s service to Dallas is a process that began in earnest in August 2010.

“We’re excited about our service to Dallas, as it has been a goal for the community for the past 20 years,” she added.

Garden City will be served by a 44-seat regional jet, which will replace the current Great Lakes Airlines service on a 19-seat turboprop aircraft. The transition between air carriers will be seamless as Great Lakes will continue service to Denver until American Eagle service begins (potentially as early as April 3, 2012).

Representatives from American Eagle will be in Garden City in the upcoming weeks to provide sales, scheduling and marketing information to the community.

The City wishes to recognize the efforts of State of Kansas officials, including Representative Reynaldo Mesa, Kansas Senate President Steve Morris and other area legislators who supported the regional partnership. The City received positive support at different stages of this complicated process from Transportation Secretary Deb Miller and her staff as well as Commerce Secretary Pat George. The City is also appreciative of State funding made available through the Kansas Affordable Air Fares program administered by the Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP) of South Central Kansas.

“Most importantly, we would like to thank our colleagues with the City of Dodge City for their part in creating this regional air service,” Powell said.

More information on the transition is forthcoming.

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