Questionable: What’s going on at the airport?
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“When I came home for Christmas, I got involved in a discussion at the gate with a group of passengers on their way to Rhinelander from Milwaukee. There was lots of talking that Milwaukee was not as convenient as Minneapolis for connections, and how flying out of Wausau might be a better choice now. One person in the group said he flew in and out of Rhinelander once a week, and was very concerned about the service. He said if Frontier goes bankrupt, and could legally pull out and leave Rhinelander without a carrier, he would have to move.
So what is happening with the airport? Any news on the search for a new carrier?”
– Carole, Rhinelander
The Star Journal asked Joe Brauer, Director of the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport. Brauer responded:
“On Oct. 20, 2011, an order by the United States Department of Transportation secretary required Frontier Airlines (Chautauqua Airlines) from suspending service to Rhinelander. Frontier Airlines must remain in the Rhinelander market until a replacement airline is awarded.
“In the same order, the secretary requested proposals from interested airlines who wish to serve the Rhinelander market under the Essential Air Service program. Currently the Department of Transportation is reviewing the proposals.”
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