United Airlines appears to have support of the Sioux Gateway Airport board of directors in its bid for federal funding to serve Sioux City.
In a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Airport Board President Darrel Jesse acknowledges the enviable position they are in, "to be courted by two of the leading, world class airlines."
United Airlines, and American Airlines, which currently serves Sioux Gateway, have both made bids for federal funds to serve Sioux City under the Essential Air Service program. But, United's bid of $324,159 is nearly $1-million less than the American bid of $1.26-million.
Jesse says he understands that the USDOT traditionally accepts the lower bid for service to Chicago's O'Hare Airport. United has the lower bid. Jesse says the airport board would support United's selection.
Each airline's bid includes 13-weekly flights to Chicago's O'Hare Airport.