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New airline carrier coming to Pellston Regional Airport in Summer 2015
North Country Sky to provide air service from the main terminal as it tests the local market
PELLSTON — A new operator will be providing air service from Pellston Regional Airport (PLN) in the summer of 2015, offering flights from PLN to Chicago’s Midway Airport at competitive prices.
Public Charters Inc., DBA North Country Sky, is a public charter aircraft service that will operate from Pellston’s main terminal building, utilizing commuter aircraft and baggage claim services similar to Delta’s daily operations, said Kelley Atkins, Pellston Regional Airport Manager.
“I look forward to this opportunity to work with North Country Sky and I’m excited for the community — this is much-needed service,” Atkins said. “It’s my hope that this is a success and we can expand this service in the future and continue to partner with North Country.”
North Country Sky is part of Public Charters, Inc., headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania and operating since 2009. Their current Michigan service is in Manistee, where Pellston flights will make a quick stop to pick up passengers while en route to Chicago’s Midway Airport.
Sky’s general manager, Jim Gallagher, said the flights will begin on June 24 and run through Aug. 19. One flight per day will be available Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday each week and ticket prices will range from $350 to $405 round-trip per person, Gallagher said.
The aircraft is a 30-seat turbo prop with a flight attendant and lavatory. Gallagher said total travel time to Chicago, including the brief stop in Manistee, will be about one hour and 50 minutes.
“We’re doing this beta test of the Pellston market to see if there is an opportunity here for our company,” said Gallagher, “and we believe that there is. We hope it goes well and that we can return next summer with daily flights out of Pellston. It will all depend on the type of response we get.”
North Country Sky is offering two round-trip tickets as giveaways at the annual Airport After Hours at Pellston Regional Airport set for Thursday, April 30, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Guests to the After-Hours will be able to register to win the tickets during the networking event, sponsored by the regional Air Service Task Force and other partners. An additional $500 travel voucher on Delta Airlines will also be given away during the evening’s festivities.
Carlin Smith, President of the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce and Administrator of the Air Service Task Force, said increasing flying opportunities out of PLN is consistently on the radar, to bolster economic development efforts in the region and increase awareness of the affordability and convenience of using Emmet County’s airport.
“Getting flights to Chicago is a regular topic of conversation on the task force. We’re excited about this latest opportunity to provide Chicago service out of Pellston and we think it makes the airport that much stronger,” Smith said.
North Country Sky describes itself as having “a unique distribution model that uses Internet-based technology to book charter seat inventory through classic serial systems that were developed by the legacy carriers decades ago.”
Public Charters, Inc. DBA North Country Sky, has been in business since 1998, providing public charters services for a variety of specialty routes, including flights to the Caribbean, NASCAR and Indy Racing circuit. Since 2009 the company has provided commuter services on both turboprop and jet aircraft, serving business-to-business routes and Essential Air Service routes.
To book flights or for more information, call North Country Sky at (877) 359-7595 or go online to www.northcountrysky.com
Pellston Regional Airport is located North U.S. 31 in Pellston, Michigan. Reach the airport at (231) 539-8441, or go online to www.pellstonairport.com
Passenger Facility Charge (PLN) notice
(September 2013) – The Pellston Regional Airport, a department of the County of Emmet, is planning to file an application with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to impose and use a Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) to fund capital improvement projects. This notice is being issued to meet PFC application filing requirements set forth in 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 158.24. The proposed charge is $4.50 per enplaned passenger effective May 1, 2018 and estimated to expire on April 1, 2024. The total revenue to be collected and used by the Airport at the end of the collection period is $563,363 and will fund (click on the PDF below for full announcement)