City of Kearney applies to keep essential air service

(NTV News)

The City of Kearney is once again applying to keep essential air service (EAS) funding for its airport.

Back on Sept. 29, the Department of Transportation announced Kearney and Scottsbluff were two of the airports to temporarily lose EAS money because they simply didn't have enough passengers.

But Kearney Mayor Stan Clouse said this isn't a new deal for the city as they had to file for a waiver the past few years because of Great Lakes Aviation issues.

This year, he said with Pen-Air pulling out, it's likely the waiver will be approved and funding will continue in time for SkyWest planes to take off and land next year.

Senator Deb Fischer, Senator Ben Sasse and Representative Adrian Smith penned a letter to the U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao voicing concerns about the department’s plan to terminate the EAS program in Nebraska communities.

The following is the letter:

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