Jet Service Coming To Muskegon

April 12, 2004
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MUSKEGON — Northwest Airlines reports that one can make reservations now for the jet service it is inaugurating at Muskegon Airport starting June 10.

On that day, Northwest will replace one of its thrice-daily turboprop flights between Muskegon and Detroit with a larger jet aircraft.

A Canadair Regional Jet — either a 44- or 50-passenger model —  will replace one of the 34-place SAAB turboprop runs between Southeast Michigan and the Port City. The aircraft will be operated by Pinnacle Airlines Inc., a partner of Northwest Airlink.

Northwest describes the Canadair as giving passengers more room and amenities than are available on the SAABs, including overhead bins, a galley and lavatory.

People wishing to inquire about tickets for the jet flight may do so through travel agents or through Northwest Reservations at (800) 225-2525 or www.nwa.com

Bill Gill, chairman of the Muskegon County Transport Committee, said he regards the news as a huge step for the airport.

Though the airport has the capacity to handle jet liners as large as Boeing 727s, it has not had jet service for 20-plus years.

“We look forward to providing jet service to Muskegon County Airport in time for the busy summer season,” said Tom Bach, vice president of market planning and Airlink.    

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