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State Rep. John Damoose, at head of table, listens to local government officials, business leaders, airport executives, and others at Pellston Regional Airport on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Damoose facilitated discussions about the importance of accessible, reliable air transportation to Northern Michigan and the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

After advocating against reduced service for Up North airports, Rep. Damoose meets with airline officials, community leaders
RELEASE|October 6, 2022
Contact: John Damoose

State Rep. John Damoose on Wednesday joined community leaders and officials from Delta Air Lines and SkyWest to discuss the importance of accessible, reliable air transportation to Northern Michigan and the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

The meetings at Pellston Regional Airport and Chippewa County International Airport came after Damoose, R-Harbor Springs, last month helped secure the restoration of direct, nonstop flights between northern regional airports and Detroit.

“While we were able to avert long-term schedule changes that would have resulted in a loss of significant air service to our region, this issue will likely come up again and again,” Damoose said. “To help ensure vibrant travel options, we convened meetings at two essential airports in our region with Delta and SkyWest, local government officials, business leaders, and airport executives. Bringing people with different perspectives together from across our region is critical to opening a dialogue and protecting our transportation in the years to come.”

SkyWest contracts under Delta to service the airports, and it had previously announced a transition to tag flights — trips with multiple stops to pick up additional passengers. Damoose then wrote a letter opposing the change to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and met with Delta officials to share local concerns with the plan.

“Thank you to everyone who traveled here to participate, and thank you to Delta and SkyWest for listening to our community,” Damoose said.

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