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Airline idea proposed in Storm Lake

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

No reservations are being made yet, but there's one group interested in seeing an "Iowa airline" service with stops in cities including Storm Lake and Spencer.

A meeting is being held today at 3 p.m. at the Spencer Airport on the possibility of creating such a commuter flight service between Spencer, Storm Lake and Des Moines, as well as other Iowa cities.

Attending today's meeting will be Congressman Steve King, state legislators and other community leaders, as well as representatives of the Iowa Department of Transportation's aviation division.

Harry Rasdal, chair of Spencer Airport's board of trustees, says right now it's just a "wild idea."

Today's meeting is about "kicking the idea around to see if something would work," he said.

"There's nothing fixed, but we want to check into the possibility of setting up an Iowa airline so that we could have an airline that would service very small cities in Iowa," Rasdal said. "I know that we here at Spencer would utilize it and make other stops between here and Des Moines to pick up passengers at other communities if they're willing to participate."

Storm Lake would be a logical stop, Rasdal feels, for air service between Spencer and Des Moines.

A commuter service based out of St. Louis, Mo., has expressed interest in being involved if such a service does get off the ground, Rasdal said.

A regional airline had been located at Spencer for over 30 years before moving its operations to Wyoming about two years ago.

"We've been looking for air service since then, and through a happenstance we learned of a company in St. Louis that's interested in flying the route," Rasdal said.

This would be the first fixed air service route ever in Storm Lake.

The idea has taken flight rather suddenly, according to Rod Dierking, of the Storm Lake Airport Commission.

"To be honest, we have just heard about this ourselves, and we don't know any details yet," he said.

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