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Great Lakes Air ceases operations to Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island Airport
Mackinac Island Airport

Mackinac Island has lost one of its daily charter-plane services. As Rick Brewer tells us, the closing of Great Lakes Air leaves the island with only one year-round flight option

The change will have an impact on freight transportation, mainly during the winter months.

According to the Island’s newspaper, the Town Crier, Great Lakes Air ceased operations due to its struggles with Federal Aviation standards and pandemic issues like staffing.

Andrew Doud is the owner of Doud’s Market on Mackinac Island. His business relies on the flight service to get food to his market in the winter he says the cost of flying groceries to the island is significantly higher than by boat.

And that does not include getting it down to the grocery store from the airport is $2.70. So, whatever your cost of a gallon of milk, say it was $3. That's another, just the cost is $2.70.

Doud says they usually stock up on supplies for winter and have a good relationship with the other charter plane service that serves the island.

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