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Dubuque Airport Urges American Airlines to Stay
By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter
Dubuque - The Dubuque Regional Airport is sending out an urgent plea to business leaders in Dubuque.
Airport managers say they're worried about the struggling airline industry, and want to make sure American Airlines continues to fly in and out of Dubuque.
The airport is asking business leaders to write letters to American Airlines begging the company to continue service in Dubuque.
The Dubuque Regional airport may look busy as passengers arrive for a flight to Chicago.
But airport managers say the number of people flying in and out of Dubuque is down seven percent from this time last year.
That may not seem like a lot, but Northwest Airlines added service in Dubuque last summer and still the airport is seeing a decrease.
That's why Airport managers are asking now local businesses to write letters to American Airlines explaining why their businesses depend on the company's service in Dubuque.
Dubuque Airport Manager Robert Grierson said, "American Airlines have parked over 40 main line aircraft, they have parked over 63 regional aircraft. Am I worried? Yes. I want them to be very comfortable operating in Dubuque."
Here's something you may not know, if you are searching for a flight, say to New York City and it is more expensive to fly out of Dubuque than from another airport, Grierson says call the Dubuque airport and employees will see what they can do to bring the cost down.