Citing a cash shortage, a severe reduction of their fleet, and other uncertainties imposed by northwest, MAIR Holdings Inc., the parent company of Mesaba Airlines, filed for bankruptcy Thursday.
Mesaba Airlines employs nearly 4,000 people and serves around 100 cities in the upper Midwest and Canada. Those cities include Eau Claire, where the regional carrier is the sole carrier for the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport.
"We've been expecting some word from Mesaba/Northwest Airlink airlines as to a potential bankruptcy filing, says airport manager Jerry Thiele. "We are served right now by four flights per day by Mesaba Airlines. We haven't heard of any changes."
While the airlines follow through court proceedings, the airport will consider, as it has in the past, adding another carrier.
"We'll continue to pursue those efforts to attract additional airline service," says Thiele. "We are trying to respond to our air travelers. They have asked for service to another hub. They want options besides Minneapolis/St. Paul."
Thiele suggests ticket holders with questions should contact the airline directly, although like Northwest, Mesaba plans to fly despite filing for Chapter 11.