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Forum staff reports, Published December 14 2011

Deal reached to resume Devils Lake air service

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – A deal to restore regular air service to Devils Lake was announced in a news release from North Dakota’s congressional delegation and Gov. Jack Dalrymple.

Delta Air Lines will suspend its air service to Devils Lake until Jan. 1, when Great Lakes Airlines will take over, according to the release.

All passengers who are booked into or out of Devils Lake until then will receive 25,000 flyer miles, enough for a free round-trip ticket, or a $300 ticket voucher, the release said.

Earlier this month, Delta switched to regional jets, which need a longer runway in windy weather. Between Dec. 5 and 8, only one out of 11 scheduled flights took off, according to the release.

Delta has agreed to continue to bus passengers to and from Grand Forks until Great Lakes Airlines takes over.