Traverse City Record-Eagle

Archive: Tuesday

October 9, 2012

Manistee airport's charter air carrier leaving

TRAVERSE CITY - Passengers wanting a commercial flight into or out of Manistee County Blacker Airport could be out of luck come Oct. 16, at least, for a while.

Waterford, Mich.-based Aerodynamics Inc. (ADI) recently notified the U.S. Department of Transportation that it would no longer operate daily flights out of Manistee to Chicago Midway Airport and back again.

After Frontier Airlines stopped flying to Manistee this year, ADI began providing charter service between Manistee and Chicago's Midway airport May 24 as the direct air carrier for Public Charters, Inc. It offered one flight with a capacity for up to 50 passengers each way daily, and was the only commercial service available at the airport, said Barry Lind, director of the Manistee airport.

Lind said ADI gave no official reason for ceasing service. He said he heard from ADI employees based in Manistee that the company on Friday laid off a third of its workforce, numbered at 205 on the company's website. Efforts to speak with a company spokesperson have so far been unsuccessful.

Public Charters is working on identifying a replacement carrier, according to its website, which indicates that passengers holding tickets for travel originating on or after Oct. 16 will receive a full refund, according to the company. Those with round-trip tickets for travel that originates before Oct. 16 can either cancel the entire itinerary for a refund or take the outbound leg and be paid back for the return portion.

Lind said it could take from a week to a month to reinstate service with a new carrier, depending on how quickly an agreement can be reached and DOT approval secured.

"I would have to say at this point there's a likely window where for some unknown period of time our service is in jeopardy," Lind said.

Text Only

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Associated Press Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot