Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pellston Regional Airport (KPLN) expands flight options for summer

EMMET COUNTY, Mi. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Employees at Pellston Regional Airport are hoping to make summer getaways to and from northern Michigan a little easier for their customers.

Starting June 9th, the airport will expand its service options by adding a flight a day to Minneapolis.

It will be the first time in years that a Minneapolis route has been offered to customers of the Pellston airport.

"It's great to have that service back," said Pellston Airport Manager Kelley Atkins. "The best way to ensure that it stays in our lineup is for people to utilize that flight. I'm optimistic, I really am. It was well received the last time we had it."

Additionally, flights to Detroit will increase from 2 to 3 a day in June and then 4 in July.

The expansion has been made possible by the airline Sky West which is a partner to Delta Airlines.

"It's very positive," said Atkins. "Sky West has indicated to me that they value our market a great deal and that we are important to them."

According to Atkins, the most important affect of the new flight options will be the ability of summer time tourists to easily make their way into Emmet county.

A recent Community Benefits Assessment stated that the airports operations generate an extra $38 million dollars a year for the local economy. 

The expanded Detroit and Minneapolis flight options will stay available to customers until the end of September. 

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