THREE AIRLINES WANT MERCED ROUTE, EVEN THE ONE THAT WANTED OUT

Three airlines want to provide passenger air service to and from Merced, including one that just two months ago announced its plans to stop all local flights. Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group said in May it wanted to drop flights to Merced and...


"We'll review them, seek community comments and then come to a decision as soon as possible," said DOT spokesman Bill Mosley. "But it's difficult to say how long that might take."

Mesa will continue flying from Merced on its current schedule until a new, two-year subsidy contract is signed.

In June, more than 1,200 passengers flew out of the Merced Municipal Airport.

Reporter Corinne Reilly can be reached at 209-385-2477 or creilly@mercedsun-star.com

Reporter Leslie Albrecht contributed to this report.

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