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Letter to the editor: Meeting in Washington, D.C., may not be necessary

By Jim Boyd, Jamestown

I would like to clarify a couple of items in the article “JRA officials hope trip to Washington not necessary” in Friday’s Jamestown Sun regarding the Jamestown Regional Airport’s Essential Air Service. 

Although the article referenced a conference call with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s staff member, the call actually also included staff members from the offices of Sen. John Hoeven, Rep. Kevin Cramer, and Gov. Jack Dalrymple as we reactivated the EAS working party formed two years ago.

The second clarification item is regarding the possible meeting in Washington, D.C. This meeting was being planned by the Jamestown Regional Airport and the Devils Lake Regional Airport in response to a “possible delay” in the U.S. Department of Transportation airline selection process and not a DOT request for a meeting with us. Both airports have a “sense of urgency” to have the airline selection decision made quickly as the current contract concludes the end of March and the service transition to a different airline normally takes 90-120 days. At this juncture, it appears that the DOT does not expect further delays, so there may not be a need for a meeting in Washington, D.C.

(Boyd is chairman of the Jamestown Airport Authority)