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Published October 01, 2012, 02:55 PM

Great Lakes Aviation to cancel federal subsidy for Dickinson airport

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An airline that has received federal subsidies for two decades to provide service to a small North Dakota city says it no longer needs federal help to do it.

By: JAMES MacPHERSON,Associated Press, Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An airline that has received federal subsidies for two decades to provide service to a small North Dakota city says it no longer needs federal help to do it.

Great Lakes Aviation spokeswoman Monica Taylor-Lee tells The Associated Press that the airline will stop collecting a $2 million annual subsidy for service to Dickinson in western North Dakota when the current federal contract expires on Feb. 1.

Data show that Dickinson's passenger numbers have more than doubled since 2010 with the increase in oil activity in the area. The airline has four flights daily to Denver using 30-seat propeller-driven airplanes.

Taylor-Lee says the air carrier will continue to collect subsidies for service to Jamestown and Devils Lake under the federal Essential Air Service program.

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