September 8, 2008

Airport Scores Small Victory With Addition of Four New Flights

By Matt Wrye

L.A./Ontario International Airport has been losing large commercial flights left and right, but it announced Friday that four new flights are on their way.

Starting today, four Beechcraft 1900D planes operated by Great Lakes Airlines will each make a daily stop at the airport, offering trips to Visalia and Merced, and Prescott, Ariz., and Phoenix.

Beechcraft are small planes and don't carry as many passengers as huge commercial airline jets. Still, it's a small victory for an airport that makes revenue off of landing fees, concessions and by leasing space to airline companies.

Great Lakes currently flies out of 50 airports across 14 states with its Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias and Raytheon/Beechcraft 1900D airliners.

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