The U.S. Department of Transportation is denying the request of SkyWest Airlines Inc. to pull its service from Imperial County Airport in 90 days, the county’s executive officer confirmed Wednesday.
The DOT has ordered SkyWest to maintain its service for an additional 30 days through Jan. 30, until a replacement can be found.
“It’s kind of what we expected,” Steve Birdsall, county airport director, said. “It’s nice to see it’s on their agenda and they’re requiring a response in such a short time.”
The DOT is requiring requests for proposals for air service be submitted by Oct. 30.
“SkyWest’s proposed termination of service at El Centro/Imperial would leave it with no scheduled air service, and, thus, the department must prohibit the carrier from terminating such service,” according to the official DOT decision.