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By Karen Luken

SIOUX CITY -- Now is the time for our City Council to take a good hard look at the future of our airport. In light of our recent loss of one of our carriers, American Airlines, we will see more people than ever, heading south to Omaha's airport to make their connections. Traveling north on the one remaining airline, Northwest, does not always appeal or is logical, especially, if your destination is in one of the other directions.

As the familiar old saying goes, when given lemons, why not turn them into lemonade. By that, I mean, why not take advantage of this unfortunate situation and look for a commuter airline that would be willing to fly those potential passengers who would otherwise be driving their cars to Omaha's airport. Naturally, there would be return flights, too, so those same people who would elect to park their automobiles at our local Sioux Gateway, would also fly back at some point.

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Why do we keep kidding ourselves that one day in the near future, our local airport is going to magically mushroom into a big regional airport. In my opinion, it is like dreaming of skyscrapers suddenly appearing in our downtown. I think we have to be realistic and look for logical alternatives that have viable expectations of succeeding. Major airline carriers have come and gone, and I doubt that we have anything carved in stone that says that Northwest will never leave.

Other smaller airports in our state have been forced to close their doors in the past year or so and I sincerely hope that we will not be faced with this same dilemma. -- Shirley J. Nickolson

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