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Transportation Officials Select Air Carrier for Cedar City

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- After months of negotiations the U.S. Department of Transportation has picked SkyWest Airlines to provide flight service in and out of Cedar City's airport.

SkyWest replaces Mesa Airlines, which backed out of providing services in May. A start date for service is still being negotiated.

Two daily flights to Salt Lake City are planned.

Mesa Airlines has held the flight contract services for Cedar City since May 2006. But irregular and poor service frustrated local travelers and passenger traffic dropped 50 percent.

Prior to May 2006, SkyWest, a Delta Airlines affiliate, had the contract.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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