Decatur Airport – SkyWest GIVES NOTICE OF TERMINATION OF SERVICE to 29 airports including Decatur, Il
DECATUR, IL – SkyWest has filed a 90-day notice of termination of service at the Decatur Airport due to pilot shortages within the aviation industry. SkyWest’s filing would request termination of service in the Decatur market 90 days from the filing date (March 9, 2022) subject to Essential Air Service rules. During the 90 days, the Department of Transportation will solicit bids from all carriers interested in providing service to the Decatur market.
SkyWest will continue to provide air service to Decatur Airport during this process and until the Department of Transportation completes the selection of a new Essential Air Service provider, providing no gaps in service to Chicago, IL.
Decatur, IL is one of 29 airports effected by this termination.
SkyWest media contact info:
SkyWest Corporate Communications
Decatur airport – SkyWest Flight Schedule Adjustments
DECATUR, IL – SkyWest flight schedule out of Decatur Airport has been changed. While Decatur Airport and SkyWest ground are fully staffed, SkyWest is experiencing a pilot and flight attendant shortage.
In a quote from Daniel Belmont, Director of Market Development, “I’m sure you are aware of the challenges the aviation industry has had recently to maintain balanced staffing levels as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. At SkyWest, we have a very strong hiring pipeline; still, we are not immune to the industry’s challenges. To ensure we can maintain service in as many communities as possible, we have made the difficult decision to reduce schedules for the time being. This will allow us to continue delivering the best product possible for the passengers using your airport”.
The March Flight Schedule still remains at two flights a day Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday along with the one flight Tuesday and Saturday. Currently there will be no overnight plane at Decatur. With the plane not being overnighted, SkyWest will be departing Chicago and arrive in Decatur at 09:56 a.m. and depart back to Chicago at 10:45 a.m. Another flight will arrive at Decatur at 2:01 p.m. and depart for Chicago at 2:35 p.m. With this flight schedule there will be no late-night inbound flight to Decatur.
SkyWest hopes this is a temporary situation for April, May, and June and plan to reevaluate for the summer. Mr. Belmont noted that they are looking at combining services with different communities. For Decatur, SkyWest is considering combining Decatur with Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Currently this combination would keep Decatur with 12 flights per week, schedule times have not been set.
Air service at Decatur is still in place with SkyWest on a 50-seat regional jet and as we experience this minor turbulence, with flight times, we remain committed to serving those that Fly Decatur.
We appreciate your understanding and your continued support of Decatur Airport.
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Date: Saturday, October 19
Time: Tot Trot – 6 p.m. / 5K & 10K races – 7 p.m.
Location: Gaitros Aviation Hangar, Decatur Airport
Fee: Tot Trot – $16 by Oct. 18 ($21 on race day)
5K, 10K – $26 by Oct. 18 ($31 on race day)
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