Boutique Air submits proposal to replace air service at Sioux Gateway Airport
SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - On Tuesday, it was released that Boutique Air has submitted a proposal to replace the Essential Air Service at Sioux Gateway in Sioux City. It proposes service between Sioux City to Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are proposing a two-year contract.
Boutique Air operates Pilatus PC-12 aircraft which seat 8 or 9 passengers in what is called an executive configuration pressurized cabin.
They operate various routes across the country.
In the proposal, the airline says they have agreements with United Airlines and American Airlines.
Earlier this month, Mike Collett, an Assistant City Manager for Sioux City, wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation requesting SkyWest, the current air provider at the airport, be allowed to reduce flights from 12 roundtrips weekly to seven trips weekly.
SkyWest, which operates United’s Express Service, previously notified the DOT they planned to leave the Sioux Gateway Airport. The city hopes a reduced flight load will allow the airline to remain in operation.
“They’re the biggest provider of regional airports in the EAS program. They provide service to all the major airlines. And just we’ve had a good service with them. We’re happy with them as a partner and know what they provide,” said Collett.
Dave Bernstein, a former member of the airport board of trustees, and a local businessman, says Boutique Air’s proposal would be a step in the wrong direction for the city.
“Nine passenger planes to Minneapolis, I think are going to be a step in the wrong direction. Big picture wise, and this is about the big picture,” said Bernstein.
The Airport Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday to discuss the current situation. The board could make an official recommendation for the DOT to reject or accept Boutique Air’s bid, but the choice is ultimately up to the federal government.
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