Mesaba Airlines won the government contract to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) to Devil's Lake and Jamestown, North Dakota. As of September 2, they replaced Great Lakes Airlines (operating Beech 1900Ds). The contract with the U.S. Department of Transportation is worth over $1.7 million a year.
The Jamestown (JMS) to Minneapolis (MSP) flights will go via Aberdeen, SD twice daily on weekdays and once daily on weekends. The Devil's Lake (DVL) to Minneapolis (MSP) flights will operate through Grand Forks, ND with the same frequency. All these flights will be operated by a Saab 340.
Although this is good news for Mesaba Airlines but I'm wondering what will happen to Great Lakes Airlines at MSP. Now their only route from MSP is to Brookings and Huron, SD (two round-trips weekdays, one round-trip weekends). Is it still feasable to keep operating this route (even with a USDOT subsidy)? And does this mean Great Lakes will leave MSP?