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Skywest the only bidder for new Scottsbluff, North Platte EAS contracts starting Feb. 2020 | KRVN Radio

Skywest the only bidder for new Scottsbluff, North Platte EAS contracts starting Feb. 2020

Skywest the only bidder for new Scottsbluff, North Platte EAS contracts starting Feb. 2020

Incumbent air carrier Skywest is the only apparent bidder to submit a proposal to provide Essential Air Service for both Scottsbluff and North Platte under a contract that would start February 1, 2020.

The U.S. Department of Transportation opened the bidding for the service for both communities June 1, and following passage of a July 24 deadline, only the proposal from Skywest was uploaded to the website Regulations.gov.

Operating as United Express, Skywest is proposing 12 weekly round-trip flights from each city to Denver over 3 years at an annual subsidy of just under $3 million for service from Scottsbluff, and more than $3.4 million for North Platte.

The plan says the average ticket price for passengers would be $70 each way using West Nebraska Regional Airport, and $75 for the North Platte airport.

U.S. DOT will forward the proposal to local airport officials and each community for comment before making a final determination on the new EAS contract.

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