Great Lake Airlines essential air service contract renewed

Freedom New Mexico

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday that it has renewed Essential Air Service contracts with Great Lakes Airlines for Clovis, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman.

Great Lakes will provide two round trips per day and each weekend to Albuquerque from Clovis, with a federal subsidy rate of $1.6 million per year.

The DOT also renewed a similar Great Lakes contract with Silver City, and a New Mexico Airlines deal to provide air service to Carlsbad worth $1.3 million.

Congress established the EAS program in 1978 to ensure that communities that had commercial air service before deregulation continued to receive scheduled service.