McCook airport losing commercial flights in April

By: AP
By: AP

McCook, NE (AP) - Commercial air service from McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport will be suspended next month.

Great Lakes Airlines flights from McCook to Denver, Colo., will be suspended effective April 1 through April 27.

McCook Public Works Director Kyle Potthoff says the airline also announced Wednesday it was suspending flights in Great Bend, Kan., and Williston, N.D. That follows a previous round of flight suspensions announced in January in Iowa, North Dakota and Minnesota cities.

The McCook Daily Gazette reports that the Cheyenne, Wyo.-based airline said the decision was due to a "severe industry-wide pilot shortage."

Great Lakes Chief Executive Officer Charles Howell has said a federal requirement that pilots at small airlines have 1,500 hours of experience, instead of the previous 500 hours, has left it short-handed.

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