Monday, July 18, 2011

Klobuchar Presses to Keep Local Delta Service

Senator Amy Klobuchar pressed Delta Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson in a letter to continue service to greater Minnesota airports.

Klobuchar asked Anderson to reconsider Delta’s plans to potentially reduce or eliminate service or find alternative carriers to Thief River Falls, Hibbing, International Falls, Brainerd, and Bemidji since these areas rely on Delta for commercial airline service. Klobuchar has been in contact with all five communities and pledged her support to keep Delta service or make sure alternative carriers are found.

The senior Senator says, “Commercial airline service to these impacted communities has been a lifeline for tourists and businesses alike.”
Klobuchar continued, “This service has helped families connect with one another and enabled Minnesota businesses, particularly from our state's rural communities, to find opportunities and partners in other parts of the country, and even internationally.”

Klobuchar serves on the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee and Subcommittee on Aviation, which has jurisdiction over the nation’s aviation system and all U.S. airline carriers. 

Congressman Chip Cravaack serves as a junior member of the Transportation Committee.  He unseated long-time Congressman Jim Oberstar who was chairman of the powerful committee.

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