St Cloud Pursues Commercial Airline Service

St Cloud Regional Airport, USA, is putting forth an effort to regain commercial airline service.
The airport last had commercial airline service in 2009 when Delta Air Lines flew between St Cloud and Minneapolis.  The carrier left in late 2009 citing fuel costs and the phasing out of the Saab 340 aircraft, and the hope this time is that the airport can get air service to a much bigger hub in Chicago O’Hare.
The airport was awarded a Small Community Air Service Grant in September 2011 by the FAA, and is working with the city to create a Travel Bank to help area businesses commit to using an airline, if a carrier returns to Central Minnesota.
St Cloud has been one of the fastest growing areas in the state and by bringing an air carrier back, it believes it will only continue the growth of the economy for the region.
An airport drive with a target of US$5 million has already raised over US£6 million.  The airport says that support of both residents and businesses in the community is strong and air service is expected to resume by the beginning of 2013.
Written by Ryan Mont.  (Image supplied by author)