Airline Suspending Ironwood Air Service

Created: 01/27/2014 3:06 PM

Great Lakes Airlines is suspending service to Ironwood and five other Upper Midwest cities, blaming a pilot shortage.

The service will be suspended Feb. 1.  Great Lakes Airlines currently provides two flights to and from Minneapolis Monday through Saturday and one flight on Sunday.

"Due to the unintended consequences of the new Congressionally mandated pilot regulatory requirements, the Company feels it is in the best interest of our customers, communities, and employees to suspend service from these stations until we are able to rebuild our staff of pilots in order to provide reliable service. We deeply regret and apologize for this inconvenience," said CEO Charles Howell in a prepared statement.

Other cities affected by the announcement are Thief River Falls, Minn.; Devils Lake and Jamestown, ND; and Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa.

The airline said customers with future flights booked will be given refunds, and should contact their initial booking sources to begin the refund process.

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