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Great Lakes Airlines suspends operations citing lack of pilots

Great Lakes operated 17,884 flights at DIA last year.
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Great Lakes Airlines, which was the 16th-largest air carrier at its hub at Denver International Airport last year, discontinued its scheduled passenger flight operations and is laying off employees.

According to Denver Business Journal research, Great Lakes operated 17,884 flights at DIA last year.

"Although we are ceasing flight operations, it is important to note that the company has not entered bankruptcy and will continue to operate certain segments of the business," the company said in a statement, adding that its Aerodynamics Inc. (ADI) partner will continue to operate scheduled service between Denver and the South Dakota cities of Pierre and Watertown.

Company officials said the Wyoming-based airline, consisting of 28 Beechcraft 1900D and six Embraer 120 Brasilia airplanes, couldn't find enough pilots to fly the planes.

Read more at the Denver Business Journal: https://bit.ly/2GvC9FV