Feb 24, 2014 at 10:28 am
ST. CLOUD (KNSI) - The St. Cloud City Council is gearing up to take another step in securing twice-daily flights from St. Cloud Regional Airport to Chicago's O'Hare Airport.
At Monday night's meeting, the council is set to review and approve an agreement with SkyWest Airlines in order to activate the city's Small Communities Air Service Development grant.
The two-year deal with SkyWest, which includes a revenue guarantee of $1 million, will assist in the start-up costs to ensure the airline's initial ability to cover expenses.
Kleis says the airport has already been approved for the funding, and tonight's meeting will guarantee the formal acceptance of that money.
Tonight's agreement also includes a deal with Forecast Inc, a company who will monitor the success of SkyWest by reviewing bookings and fares to keep pricing competitive.
Kleis says, unlike current flights to Phoenix-Mesa and Orlando, Chicago travelers will be more of a mixture of business and leisure travelers.
The St. Cloud to Chicago route will be serviced by 50-passenger Canadair aircrafts. The first flight will depart on May 6th.
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