Great Lakes Airlines pulling out of Dickinson: Flying company ends 21-year partnership
After a 21-year partnership, Great Lakes Airlines will no longer offer service to and from Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport.
Making the announcement at the March meeting of the Dickinson Airport Authority Commission on Thursday, airport manager Matthew Remynse confirmed that the airline will cease operations in Dickinson on March 26.
“Great Lakes will be discontinuing service here later this month and will be dropping Williston four days later,” Remynse told the commission.
Though the writing seemed to be on the wall for the Wyoming-based air service since the Dickinson airport unveiled regional jet service via Delta and United Airlines last year, commission member Jon Frantsvog said the long relationship between the airport and Great Lakes should be recognized.
“Twenty-one years is not insignificant,” Frantsvog said. “We’ve loved to hate them for a long, long time. But the reality is that they’ve been here and have helped pave the way for where we are today. Despite all those things over the years that irritated the living daylights out of us, they deserve a very sincere thank you.”
Remynse said the airline informed him a “couple of weeks ago” about its plans to discontinue its relationship with Dickinson. Great Lakes had been offering two flights daily to Denver, also the destination that United flies to from Dickinson.
For the month of February, Great Lakes recorded 197 enplaned passengers while United had 1,759 enplanements last month and Delta 1,770. The total enplanement numbers for last month (3,723) represent an increase of 171 percent over totals from February 2013.
Though it improved its numbers from January (40), the airport still had 34 cancelled flights recorded for February.
In other action taken at the meeting, the board, in a unanimous vote, moved to increase Remynse’s 2014 salary about 25 percent to $69,500 annually.