City Manager Michael Morgan announced today that the Department of Transportation has selected Skywest Airlines as the Essential Air Service provider for the City of Kearney. The two year contract awarded to SkyWest will begin upon the Fall 2018 completion of the $12,000,000 Kearney Regional Airport primary runway project. SkyWest will operate 50 passenger regional jets with 12 nonstop roundtrip flights per week to Denver.
SkyWest is part of the United Airlines network which will be marketed as United Express. The carrier will feature bookings, connections and baggage transfers that will access United Airlines’ global network. Flight schedules and prices will be announced this coming summer.
Kearney Mayor, Stan Clouse commented , “this is exciting news that was the result of a lot of hard work by staff, City Council, various citizen committees, the Chamber of Commerce and others. United Express operated by SkyWest will provide an outstanding air service choice for not only recreational travelers but business travelers as well.”
(photo courtesy of SkyWest.com)
The primary runway at the Kearney Regional Airport is currently being rehabilitated and replaced. This $12.5 million project will be completed by August 31, 2018. Commercial passenger air service is expected to resume September 1, 2018.
The City of Kearney has received notice from the Department of Transportation detailing the receipt of essential air service proposals for passenger air service at the Kearney Regional Airport. The City received seventeen proposals from seven air service carriers. The proposals offer aircraft ranging from nine seat prop aircraft to fifty passenger regional jets. The proposals offer daily flights either to Denver or Omaha. The air carriers include United Express, Great Lakes Airlines, Key Lime Air, Boutique Air, Silver Air, ADI and Air Choice One.
The City will evaluate the proposals in the coming days and the City Council will meet early next week to provide community comments to the DOT. It is expected that the DOT will award the essential air service contract in late September or early October.
The City of Kearney today unveiled the new official website FlyKearney.com. The new website is a marketing website for the air traveler flying in and out of Kearney.
Some of the amenities of Kearney Regional Airport are the easy access, free parking, no baggage lines, short security lines, and being close to home. The website contains information pertaining to baggage, rental cars, many links to community attractions and businesses, and links to Great Lakes Airlines and the Denver International Airport.
We hope this attractive website will be of service to the air traveler and encourage the traveler to FlyKearney.
The Kearney Regional Airport annual airport certification inspection was conducted on October 13 and 14, 2015 by the Federal Aviation Administration. The inspection revealed that the Airport is being operated in compliance as per FAA guidelines of Title 13 CFR Part 139. The discrepancy-free inspection resulted in the Kearney Regional Airport receiving the FAA Airport Certification Program Medal of Excellence. This is the sixth consecutive year the Kearney Regional Airport has received the award.