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St. Cloud Secures Air Service To Chicago

February 4, 2014

The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC) announces daily direct service from the St. Cloud Regional Airport to Chicago, Ill., beginning May 6, 2014. The United Express service will be provided by SkyWest Airlines.

Al Kremers, Chair of GSDC Regional Air Service Corps, was joined by GSDC President Patti Gartland, St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis, St. Cloud Airport Director Bill Towle, and Jami Bestgen, Bestgen Consulting, at a press conference announcing the service on Monday, Feb. 3. “We are proud to announce we have regained daily air service for the St. Cloud region,” said Kremers. “The community support has been vital in achieving a confirmed air service partnership.”

Gartland credits Kremers for the accomplishment. “This would not have happened without him,” she said. “He’s put in thousands of hours on this, and he knows how important it is to business development. He’s so well-known and respected in the business community that, for him to lead this effort, doors opened that otherwise wouldn’t have opened.”

Twice-daily flights will use 50-passenger Canadair Regional Jet 200 aircraft. The trips to Chicago can link Central Minnesota travelers with connection opportunities to 127 domestic and 37 international destinations on a total of 567 flights. Flight reservations can be made immediately at www.United.com.

Restoring commercial air service to the St. Cloud Regional Airport is one of six strategic initiatives of the GSDC. The others include attracting, developing, retaining and expanding the talent pool, identifying and promoting best practice corporate wellness programs, contributing to the planning for a vibrancy of Downtown St. Cloud, supporting new technologies, products, markets and companies, and enabling business retention, expansion and attraction across the region.

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