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Opinion
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 12:44


OUR OPINION, L&T staff



Liberal is experiencing an unprecedented period of growth, from brand new schools to two major expansion projects currently being planned at Seward County Community College, an expansion plan being discussed at National Beef, several new retail business expansion projects recently completed and more in the works, and a new energy behind a community recreation center.

All of these are great signs that Liberal is looking to an exciting future.

That includes what are now considered basic community fundamentals like air service.

SkyWest flew in its first plane to Liberal Tuesday, re-establishing air service after the sudden departure of PenAir at the end of the year in 2017, ending service with no warning or time to find a replacement before experiencing a gap in service.

The new service will be using United 50-seat jets on connector flights to Denver, much better than the smaller prop-driven planes before AirWest became the provider.

The new service is expected to be more reliable as well, and there is anticipation of some special rates coming soon.

But the key to this service will be those seeking flights to actually prioritize the local service.

Driving to other airports will not help Liberal maintain air service, especially driving to other connector airports like our own.

If we want to maintain critical air service, we need to utilize and support this effort.

With upgraded planes and more reliable service, there is no reason to seek elsewhere.

And for those who had their flights canceled with the previous service, now is the time to return to the Mid-America Regional Airport right here in Liberal.

For Liberal to sustain its current growth, basic air service will be required.

The new service is already listed at united.com, and it is easy to get tickets online for flights to any destination that originate right here.

Let’s do all we can to support our local air service, and by doing so, we can insure safe, reliable and comfortable air travel right here from our own airport to any destination.

It’s time to put the Liberal airport first.

 

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