KANSAS CITY, Mo., September 27, 2007 ? The Kansas City Aviation Department is pleased to announce the addition of a new airline at Kansas City International Airport, Great Lakes Airlines, which will add new destinations and take over existing routes. Starting October 1, Great Lakes will launch KCI?s 70th newest nonstop destination, Garden City, Kan., and the 71st, Burlington, Iowa, on October 7. The last time KCI had service to Garden City was in February 2003 and KCI has never previously had service to Burlington. Kansas City Royals farm team, the single-A Burlington Bees are located there.
Great Lakes will also operate existing flights to Dodge City, Kan., Great Bend, Kan. and Hays, Kan. All five new and existing routes are a part of the Department of Transportation?s Essential Air Service program. This program was established to ensure that smaller communities would maintain minimal levels of air service to the communities that are seen as unprofitable. KCI is aiding these rural communities in air travel opportunities.
The airline will operate Beechcraft 1900 aircraft from gates 1-5 in Terminal A, with ticketing between US Airways and United Airlines.
Great Lakes Airlines is a Cheyenne, Wy.-based organization that provides domestic scheduled and charter services. The company operates hubs at Denver International Airport and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
The Kansas City Airport System is an enterprise fund department of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and is supported wholly by airport user charges. No general tax fund revenues are used for the administration, promotion, operation, or maintenance of the airports in the system. Kansas City International Airport is one of the nation?s largest airports, covering more than 10,000 acres with more than 7,000 acres available for development. Visit www.flykci.com for more information.