New airline, sign coming to local airport

New airline, sign coming to local airport Main Photo

19 Jan 2021

Bill Shea

The transition to a new airline at Fort Dodge Regional Airport is underway.

United Express, operated by SkyWest Airlines Inc. will take over for Air Choice One on March 1. Rhonda Chambers, the airport’s director of aviation, told the City Council Monday evening that SkyWest Airlines already has personnel at the airport.

She said the airline is conducting training sessions in the terminal’s basement conference room.

United Express 50-passenger jets will link Fort Dodge and Chicago O’Hare International Airport. There, passengers can board United Airlines flights to destinations across the country and the world. They will be able to make those connections without having to recheck their bags.

In December, the U.S. Department of Transportation selected that carrier to serve Fort Dodge with the aid of a $3 million annual subsidy from the Essential Air Service program. That program provides money to ensure that airlines continue to serve smaller communities.

Passengers going to the airport for United Express flights will soon be greeted by a new sign welcoming people to the site.

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