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Published September 01, 2011, 05:54 PM

Delta Airlines Meets Face to Face With Devils Lake and Jamestown Community Leaders

Representatives from Delta Airline say they will continue service to Devils Lake and Jamestown at least until the end of the year.

Representatives from Delta Airline say they will continue service to Devils Lake and Jamestown at least until the end of the year.

City and state representatives say Delta is a vital part of helping both the Devils Lake and Jamestown communities continue to grow.

Under the Essential Air Service Program, Delta is required to continue service until a new airline is found.

Each year the airline has an economic impact of nearly $10 million in the Devils Lake community and $13.1 million in Jamestown.

Delta wants to pull out of the cities because the aircraft carrier they use is being retired and the new jet they have is not economically feasible.

A call for bids to serve the airports will go out to other airlines this month.

Delta has no plans to bid.

The Department of Transportation will make the final decision on an airline.

And although Delta has no plans to bid on a new contract with the two cities, representatives say they're willing to work with the new airline to help ensure a smooth flight for travelers.

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