FD Regional Airport: Third destination
12 Feb 2017
The Fort Dodge Regional Airport is flying high with Air Choice One as its carrier.
Since taking over Feb. 23, 2015, Air Choice one has doubled the amount of passengers that Great Lakes Airlines were able to produce in 2013, according to Rhonda Chambers, director of aviation.
Great Lakes preceded Air Choice One as the Fort Dodge Regional Airport’s carrier. It suspended its service to Fort Dodge in 2014.
Air Choice one accomplished the feat of increasing passengers with half the number of seats, Chambers said.
“It just shows that people are using the service and that this is the direction we want to go,” Chambers said.
Air Choice One, based in St. Louis, operates Cessna Caravan planes that seat nine people.
According to Chambers, 6,890 passengers boarded Air Choice One planes in 2016, up from 5,294 in 2015.
Since 1976, the highest number of enplanements were achieved in 2000 with nearly 12,000.
In January, it was announced that the partnership between Air Choice One and the Fort Dodge Regional Airport will continue for four more years.
At that time, the U.S. Department of Transportation selected Air Choice One to provide flights to and from Fort Dodge as part of the Essential Air Service program.
In 2016, for the first time ever, the Fort Dodge Regional Airport began offering destinations to airports in three major cities: the Chicago O’Hare International Airport in Illinois, the Lambert St. Louis International Airport and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.