The Regional Airport Authority is planning for a fresh start and new hope when it comes to Commercial Air Service out of Thief River Falls.
The Regional Airport Authority will meet next Wednesday to consider bids from four regional air carriers, all hoping to acquire the Essential Air Service Contract to serve Thief River Falls.
Bidders include Boutique Air, a growing dot.com business venture out of San Francisco, Air Choice One, a long respected carrier out of St. Louis, regrouping after a recent company shake-up, and current carrier Great Lakes and Community Air, a start-up venture by entrepreneur Robert Karnes.
Hedrick says Great Lakes’ unreliable record has diminished the Thief River Falls market, with the majority of passengers turning to Fargo for air service. Of the 4 bidders, Air Choice One has something of a record for re-establishing confidence after picking up Great Lakes Service at four small market airports, the Thief River Falls terminal would be Boutique Air’s first venture into the Minnesota Market. Karnes has bid before on the Thief River Falls Market, promising a successful start-up if he were to acquire the Federal Funding that goes with the EAS Contract.
Under the Great Lakes Contract, air traffic to and from Thief River Falls has dwindled to only a handful of passengers, although a recent market survey shows a potential of twenty-thousand round trip travelers each year.
View full post on TRF Radio