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Del Norte Airport not affected by Skywest phase out

CRESCENT CITY - With Skywest’s announcement this week to phase out their smaller planes, came concerns about the Del Norte County Airport and its capabilities to handle the change.

Skywest announced that they will transition their current fleet and bring in larger planes, and those planes require longer runways.

The Arcata-Eureka Airport has appropriate runways for the change but Del Norte may not. Del Norte Airport manager Matthew Leitner says not to worry, though. The Del Norte Airport is an Essential Air Service Market, so the Department of Transportation will ensure that there is service to and from the airport.

In addition, Skywest has a contract with the airport through next July. Leitner says the airport will not lose air service.

If anything, the "Department of Transportation will issue a hold to keep current planes for Del Norte.