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      Air service suspended for Ironwood's airport

      Great Lakes Airlines has announced that it is suspending service to the Ironwood Airport, reports the Associated Press.

      Gogebic-Iron County Airport manager Mike Harma confirmed that Friday will be the last day Great Lakes Airlines will be flying out of the location after announcing that they will suspend service. GLA is the only air service provider out of the Ironwood location.

      According to Harma, Great Lakes Airlines service could return to the airport before the contract is up on May 31, 2014. Bids have been sent out for new carriers to provide service to the airport.

      Passengers dealing with travel issues due to this suspension of service should contact Great Lakes Airlines.

      The Associated Press reports that Great Lakes Chief Executive Officer Charles Howell blamed the suspended service on a federal requirement that pilots of small airlines have 1,500 hours of experience, up from 500 hours previously.

      The airport reports that this has happened in Ironwood before. The airport will continue to operate as normal, despite the suspended air service.