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Published November 02, 2011, 06:02 PM

Devils Lake Rejects Both Bids For Air Service After Delta Takes Off

DEVILS LAKE (WDAZ-TV) - The Devils Lake Airport Authority has decided to reject both bids to provide the city with the Essential Air Service.

DEVILS LAKE (WDAZ-TV) - The Devils Lake Airport Authority has decided to reject both bids to provide the city with the Essential Air Service.

Devils Lake is one of the small airports that Delta has decided to abandon.

The airport authority decided neither of the bids fit the requirements for the service.

The bid from Great Lakes Air would have run just two trips each day, and both trips would go through Thief River Falls.

That stop would double the flight time and the planes serving the route would not have restrooms or flight attendants.

The airport authority also rejected the bid from Sovereign Air because that airline did not meet certain qualifications.

"Sovereign Air is not really an operating airline and didn't have the proper certificates to serve our routes," airport manager John Nord said.

The Devils Lake Airport has had an increase in boardings since 2009.

Officials project that will increase by 19 percent this year.

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