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Airport changes in the Four Corners coming ahead of holiday travel season

Meg Hilling
October 25, 2017 07:05 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. -- Are you racing to get your holiday flights booked? If you're in the Four Corners, you may want to pause before making any plans.

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With a shrinking pool of pilots in the United States and the Four Corners Regional Airport not being subsidized, Farmington could soon lose its last commercial airline.

"Well, Great Lakes Aviation gave us a notice at the end of September that they were anticipating ceasing service in Farmington, beginning Nov. 1," Airport Manager Mike Lewis said.

This would make the airport a destination for only a few hundred private flyers, a stark difference to the 16,000 flyers it served only four years ago.

"So the city manager and the mayor and I got into high gear by hiring a consultant to look at what opportunities we have to either keep Great Lakes here or explore opportunities with other companies," Lewis said.

All of this is occurring while the taxiway undergoes a $3.9 million overhaul.

According to Lewis, his team and the consultant are confident in the value the airport holds in the region. As of right now, the ending of Great Lakes Aviation flights out of the airport is not set in stone. Lewis and his team are working to see if a deal can be met with Great Lakes, in addition to exploring other options.

But the airport in Farmington isn't the only one in the Four Corners undergoing some changes right now. Just 60 miles north, the Durango-LaPlata County Airport is experiencing some changes of its own. The airport is working to expand its parking options ahead of Thanksgiving travel and planning to remodel a terminal.

The airport currently offers daily flights with both United and American Airlines.

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