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July 19, 2018
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Mesa Airlnes Departs From Farmington For Good
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Mesa Airlines service to Farmington's Four Corners Regional Airport ends this week.

KSUT's Sarah Baumgartner reports.

SARAH: In 1982 Mesa Air Shuttle began scheduled service between Farmington and Albuquerque, using a nine passenger aircraft.
Today they fly a 19 passenger aircraft daily to Phoenix.
In the late 1990's Air Midwest which is a subsidiary of Mesa Airlines, moved it's corporate offices from Farmington to Phoenix.
After cutting all flights from Farmington to Albuquerque earlier this year, Mesa Airlines is now ending their service entirely at the end of this week.
In an unrecorded interview with Farmington City Manager Rob Mayes, he says that Mesa's recent withdrawal from Four Corners Regional airport is no surprise.
In fact he says it's almost been a blessing in disguise.
Mayes remarks that the airports long relationship with Mesa has been a unique one.
He says that their flights weren't always dependable and the airline was difficult to trust.
Four Corners Regional Airport Manager Brent Shiner says that the airport now has more opportunities to speak with other airlines in hopes to have their service in Farmington.
The city is currently in talks with Las Vegas based Vision Airlines.
Both Shiner and Mayes are optimistic about Visions presence in the community.
They're hopes are to have two flights a day to Albuquerque and Phoenix tentatively starting in mid-summer, with the potential of having several flights a week to Las Vegas.

The city sent out requests for proposals in February of this year.
According to Mayes, the only airline to respond to the RFP was Vision Airlines.

Four Corners Regional Airport is the 2nd largest airport in New Mexico.
Shiner says that Mesa's absence may only affect the airport for a short period of time.
After this week the only airline servicing Four Corners Regional Airport will be Great Lakes Airlines.
Great Lakes has five flights a day to Denver and one flight a day to Phoenix.

From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Sarah Baumgartner.
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