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City Council votes in favor of keeping SkyWest at Sioux Gateway Airport

Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 4:35 PM CDT
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - The Sioux City City Council will recommend to the U.S. Department of Transportation that SkyWest Airlines continue to serve Sioux Gateway Airport, albeit with fewer flights.

Both SkyWest Airlines, the current provider, and Boutique Air, are competing for the contract with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Airport Board has recommended the council vote to retain SkyWest, but with fewer weekly flights than the current schedule. If approved, SkyWest Airlines would fly seven round-trip flights each week to either Denver or Chicago.

Boutique Air would have more flights, but on smaller planes to Minneapolis.

The final decision will be left to the U.S. DOT because the air carrier receives a subsidy to operate in Sioux City.

Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott feels that their request is reasonable, and that the U.S. DOT should work with them.

“I’m assuming that. We had the same issue a while back and they went with what the local government wants. As long as we’re not unreasonable in our approach they normally try to work with us so I don’t think there will be any,” said Bob Scott, Mayor of Sioux City.

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