WATERLOO — The city, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber and the Waterloo Regional Airport are seeking public comment in the selection of an air service provider.

Proposals from two airlines are being reviewed to serve the Waterloo Regional Airport for a two-year term beginning May 1, 2018. All interested parties are encouraged to provide input at public meetings being held throughout the area, as follows:

Today: 3 to 5 p.m., The Bremer Room, Waverly Public Library.

Today, 6 p.m., Schoitz Room, Waterloo Center for the Arts.

Wednesday, 6 p.m., Schoitz Room, Waterloo Center for the Arts.

Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m., second floor meeting room, Cedar Falls Public Library.

Thursday, 6 p.m., Schoitz Room, Waterloo Center for the Arts.

Those unable to attend should send comments to Airport Director Keith Kaspari at Keith.Kaspari@waterloo-ia.org.

A recommendation will be forwarded to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Analysis no later than Monday.

“With air service proposals received by both American Airlines and United Airlines, our goal is to receive and collect as much public comment as possible in order to provide a recommendation that will best serve the air service needs of Waterloo, Black Hawk County and the airport’s 14-county passenger catchment area, not just in the Cedar Valley Region but all of Northeast Iowa,” Kaspari said.

Steve Dust, GCVA chief executive officer, added, “The Waterloo Regional Airport provides that critical link for business travelers, and it is critical that Waterloo continues to stress the need to retain, improve and expand air service offerings for Cedar Valley area passengers.”

Mayor Quentin Hart said the airport “is the front door to not just the Waterloo-Cedar Falls communities, but also the front door to air travel for area passengers located throughout the Cedar Valley and all of Northeast Iowa. The ability to have a reliable air service partner is critical to moving Waterloo and other Cedar Valley communities and businesses forward.”

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