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Essential air service in Scottsbluff will continue after federal officials approved waivers on Dec. 29, 2017.

Scottsbluff and Kearney were among 18 airports in the nation who were included in the U.S. Department of Transportation order. The waiver is for 2016, which means the airport will have to apply for a waiver again to cover 2017.

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Alaska-based PenAir has announced, effective Sept. 11, they will cease all operations out of their Denver-based hub.

Communities affected by the closure include Liberal and Dodge City, Kansas, and Scottsbluff, Kearney and North Platte.

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The Western Nebraska Airport Authority Board is continuing its search to find a new airline which can be successful in Scottsbluff.

After recently filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy, PenAir will be leaving the Western Nebraska Regional Airport some time in the future. The airport is in the process of looking for an airline.

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The Western Nebraska Regional Airport Authority board has decided to send a letter to the Department of Transportation requesting permission to seek new bids for air service, essentially ending its relationship with PenAir. send a letter of request for proposal to the DOT, asking the agency to put Scottsbluff out for bid earlier than the length of the current contract with PenAir. The DOT is the ultimate authority on the matter, but if the DOT agrees, Scottsbluff will be able to solicit bids of other airlines to service the area.

“Today’s the day, we are going to be here to be a reliable carrier. That’s our intention and that’s our goal,” said Dave Hall, chief operating…

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