By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
Mesaba Airlines has been ordered by the U.S. Department of Transportation to extend its service obligation in Tupelo and three other cities through Feb. 12.
Four other cities have been notified that they’ll have new air carriers soon, but Tupelo will have to wait a little longer.
The DOT previously extended Mesaba’s obligation through Jan. 13.
Mesaba on July 14 notified DOT of its intent to suspend service in eight cities, including Tupelo, but was ordered to continue service through Nov. 12.
In a letter dated Jan. 5, the DOT said SkyWest Airlines would provide replacement service in Eau Claire, Wisc.; Hancock/Haughton, Mich.; Muskegon, Mich.; and Paducah, Ky.
SkyWest will begin service in Muskegon and Paducah on Feb. 11 and at Eau Claire and Hancock/Houghton on Feb. 28.
“However, since the carrier selection process is still in progress at some communities and replacement service will not have been inaugurated at the others, …. we will require Mesaba to provide the service levels at all eight communities” through Feb. 12, the DOT said.
Read more in Thursday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.