SCOTTBLUFF, Neb. (AP) DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) The regional airline hub providing service between Dodge City, Liberal, and Denver is grounding its operations two months earlier than expected.
PenAir announced last month that it was filing for Chapter 11 reorganization and would close its Denver and Portland, Oregon, hubs. Dodge City thought it would have 90 days before the airline quit flying.
But on Tuesday, the carrier said its last day would be Monday.
CEO Danny Seybert said in a release that the closure was necessary because several pilots had resigned and the airline could not replace them.
PenAir was the Essential Air Service provider for the Dodge City Regional Airport.
The Dodge City Daily Globe reports city manager Cherise Tieben says the city is working with federal officials to find a new airline.
An airline providing government-subsidized service to three Nebraska and two Kansas cities plans to end the flights later this month.
PenAir notified the U.S. Transportation Department last week that service to Kearney, North Platte and Scottsbluff in Nebraska and to Dodge City and Liberal in Kansas will cease after Sunday. The information was first reported by an airline industry news site, ch-aviation.com.
The Anchorage, Alaska-based carrier announced last month that it was filing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan and planning to close its Denver hub.
The company says it had intended to continue service until replacement carriers were chosen and in place, but it says a massive exodus of its pilots forced it to end the two states' service far sooner.
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