Aug 2, 2012 at 8:54 am
ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) - St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis expressed his optimism that the city will land commercial air service soon for St. Cloud Regional Airport. City and airport officials have been talking with airlines about launching daily service between St. Cloud and Chicago's O'Hare Airport.
"We've had a lot of very positive conversations from air service and I'm very confident that we will have commercial air flying out of our airport and hopefully by the end of this year and no later to Chicago by the first quarter of next year," Kleis said.
Kleis said he's optimistic for the simple fact that conversations continue. He says if airlines weren't interested, they wouldn't be wasting their time talking with St. Cloud.
"We're not just talking for talking sake, airlines don't do that," Kleis said. "There is only so much time that airlines have. You don't continue conversations unless there is some type of actual ability to create air service in the future."
Kleis said he's not only hoping for service to O'Hare but other flights too.
"Our goal has been to Chicago on a daily basis, but that's not all. We want to make sure that airport has other opportunities for both business and commuter travelers out of the airport beyond just Chicago," Kleis said.
The road to potential air service has been fruitful to this point for St. Cloud, and Kleis said he hopes they reach their ultimate aim of air service by the end of the year.
"We're continuing to work on every aspect of every goal that we've set...all those goals have been met," Kleis said. "That biggest goal of course is to actually have planes flying out of there...and I'm very hopeful that will happen this year."