December 13, 2019 – Starting February 1st, the Decatur Airport will have new essential air service to Chicago. SkyWest will take over the contract after approval of their proposal by the Department of Transportation. SkyWest’s service will include 2 trips per day or 12 nonstop round trips per week to O’Hare. The service uses 50 passenger regional Jets, which is the preferred service by local companies and community leaders who often use essential air service. This is not the first time SkyWest has attempted to become Decatur’s essential Air Service carrier. SkyWest Airlines had filed a petition with the Department of Transportation in 2017 to be reconsidered for the contract, which was ultimately awarded to the current carrier Cape Air. Like Cape Air, SkyWest will be able to connect baggage directly through a codeshare with United Airlines, allowing for seamless travel. Skywest will not, however, be offering flights to St Louis. The contract with Skywest will go through Jan. 31, 2022. Listen to the podcast with Chris Harrison, President of the Park Board of Commissioners.