Category Archives: Great Lakes Airlines

Great Lakes Airlines suspends service to six airports due to a pilot shortage

Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. (Great Lakes Airlines) (Cheyenne, Wyoming) on February 1 suspended service to and from Devils Lake and Jamestown, North Dakota; Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa; Ironwood, Michigan; and Thief River Falls, Minnesota due to the severe industry-wide pilot shortage and its relative acute impact on Great Lakes according to a company statement.

Charles Howell, CEO released the following statement: “Due to the unintended consequences of the new congressionally mandated pilot regulatory requirements, the company feels it is in the best interest of our customers, communities, and employees to suspend service from these stations until we are able to rebuild our staff of pilots in order to provide reliable service. We deeply regret and apologize for this inconvenience.”

All customers with future flights in any of these stations will be given refunds.

Editor’s Comment: Many pilots and pilot groups (as the comments will attest) would strongly argue it is not a pilot shortage issue facing GLA but a pay issue. Simply put, higher pilot wages would probably attract more applications.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Great Lakes promotes many of its destination with area displays on the tails. Beech (Raytheon) 1900D N202UX (msn UE-202) promotes Dodge City, Kansas as it arrives in Los Angeles.

Great Lakes Airlines: AG Slide Show

Updated Route Map: Despite its name, the airline does not serve a city on any of the Great Lakes.

Great Lakes 2.2014 Route Map

Great Lakes Airlines’ passenger numbers decline for year-to-date

Great Lakes Airlines (Great Lakes Aviation) (Cheyenne) today (June 7) announced preliminary passenger traffic results for the month of May 2013.

MAY 2013 AND YEAR TO DATE STATISTICS
May-13  May-12 Change
Passengers Enplaned 42,390 49,088 (13.6)%
Revenue Passenger Miles (000) 12,435 15,614 (20.4)%
Available Seat Miles (000) 31,605 34,991 (9.7)%
Load Factor 39.4% 44.6%  (5.2) pts
RASM (cents) 33.12 34.78 (4.8)%
YTD 2013 YTD 2012 Change
Passengers Enplaned 188,902 216,872 (12.9)%
Revenue Passenger Miles (000) 55,665 70,138 (20.6)%
Available Seat Miles (000) 150,968 163,503 (7.7)%
Load Factor 36.9% 42.9% (6.0) pts
RASM (cents) 32.18 32.97 (2.4)%

For the year, the feeder airline suffered a 12.9 percent decline in passenger numbers for the period though the end of May.

The carrier provides Essential Air Service (EAS) throughout the Plains, Rocky Mountain and Four Corners areas (see map below). Great Lakes provides scheduled passenger service at 45 airports in thirteen states with a fleet of Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias and Beechcraft 1900D regional airliners.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Beech (Raytheon) 1900D N100UX (msn UE-100) promotes the ski destination of Telluride, Colorado.

Great Lakes Airlines: AG Slide Show

Video: Flying into Telluride, Colorado on a Beech 1900D:

Route Map: Other than Ironwood, Michigan, none of the current GLA destinations touches on the Great Lakes. New name coming?

Great Lakes 5:2013 Route Map

Great Lakes Airlines honors Pierre, South Dakota

Great Lakes Airlines (Cheyenne) for years has been honoring its destinations by placing designs and logos on the tail surfaces of its Beech 1900D fleet to promote the destinations they serve under the Essential Air Service (EAS) subsidiary. The latest is to promote and honor Pierre, South Dakota.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Beech (Raytheon) 1900D N201GL (msn UE-201) stops at Chadron, NE with the special tail design.

Route Map:

Great Lakes Beech 1900 landing gear collapse at Denver

Great Lakes Airlines’ (Cheyenne) Beech 1900 landing gear collapsed yesterday (May 17) after landing while taxiing to the gate at Denver after operating flight 150 from Pueblo. There were nine passengers and two pilots on board.

Great Lakes Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Great Lakes Route Map (despite the name, the airline does not fly anywhere near the Great Lakes any more):

Great Lakes decides to not fly in Arkansas

Great Lakes Airlines (Cheyenne) has decided it will not pursue Essential Air Service (EAS) flights in four Arkansas cities (El Dorado, Harrison, Hot Springs and Jonesboro). The company has decided to also not serve Jackson, TN and Owensboro, KY. Great Lakes was due to replace Mesa Airlines in Arkansas which pulled out in June 2008. EAS flights are subsidized service to remote U.S. cities usually providing the only service to these communities. The contract will be rebid. Is EAS service dead in the United States?