The future of commercial air service out of Manistee County is once again highly uncertain. Flights are likely to be cancelled after next Monday, as Public Charters seeks a new carrier for the route. A sub-contractor for Public Charters is abruptly pulling out of the market, according to the airline’s website.
Public Charters needs a new direct carrier if it is to continue service to and from Chicago Midway after the 15th.
Glenn Zaring, who speaks on behalf of the Little River Casino Resort, says it’s a concern.
“Lack of air service would hurt our attractiveness to our out-of-market visitors,” he says.
Officials at the airline and at Blacker Airport could not be immediately reached Tuesday afternoon.
Officials with the airport and the airline could not be immediately reached.
Tom Kramer, with Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, says he hopes flights resume in time for ski season. The resort has been offering special deals to lure Chicago travelers, but Kramer says he does not expect the resort to bear financial losses.
“It was never a question of how many people can we bring to just Crystal Mountain, but how many people can our efforts bring to the area as a whole, to the community,” he says.
Flights out of Manistee will not be booked until Public Charters can secure another carrier. Meanwhile, the airline promises to refund any ticketed passengers who end up with cancelled flights.