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Great Lakes offers two bids to Scottsbluff airport

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Great Lakes Airlines has made two bids to Western Nebraska Regional Airport to continue flying travelers between Scottsbluff and Denver.

Airport Manager Darwin Skelton says Great Lakes is proposing a $1.7 million dollar bid to fly 19-seater planes or a $2.4 million dollar bid to fly 9-seater planes.

Skelton says the issue is that the airport cannot choose the 19-seater proposal without running into a Federal Aviation Administration regulation for pilots. 

So Skelton says he is turning to state representatives for help.

"What we're going to do is go to our congressional people and ask them if they can change that verbiage in that law to allow a 19-seater and allow (pilots) to do 27 flights a week rather than the current four under that regulation," he said.

Skelton says he hopes local airport managers can talk with state representatives later this year on this important transportation issue.
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