Great Lakes Airlines wins Nebraska EAS contracts

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has re-selected Great Lakes Airlines to provide essential air service (EAS) at Kearney, North Platte and Scottsbluff, Nebraska for two years starting 1 November, says a regulatory filing.

The Cheyenne, Wyoming-based airline will continue to operate three non-stop round trips per week from each location to Denver as a codeshare partner with United Airlines and Frontier Airlines. Great Lakes provides the same frequencies under its current EAS contract, which expires on 31 October 2012. The airline will operate on the routes with its 19-passenger Beechcraft 1900 aircraft.

DOT's decision to re-select Great Lakes Aviation comes after the mayor of Kearney, Nebraska wrote to the DOT to state it is dissatisfied with the carrier "in a variety of areas", including "frequent maintenance delays", customer service and a lack of marketing, says the filing. The DOT says it expects Great Lakes to address these concerns.

The airport in Scottsbluff said it was satisfied with the carrier, and officials from North Platte did not file a response with the department.