At noon Sunday, Great Lakes Aviation made its first flight as Clovis’ new air carrier.
Airport director Steve Summer said the Department of Transportation recommended that Clovis switch to Great Lakes after having used Mesa since 1985 because of their ability to promote themselves at Clovis’ carrier as part of their marketing plan.
Great Lakes Aviation announced in March they would “inaugurate service from Albuquerque International Airport” to Clovis and Silver City.
The airline, which began in Iowa in 1977, will fly to and from Clovis and Albuquerque with two round trips on weekdays with one round trip each on Saturdays and one on Sundays, according to Summer.
As of January, Great Lakes Aviation will have provided flights for 31 airports in nine states with a fleet of Beechcraft 1900D airliners and Embraer Brasilias, according to the company Web site (www.greatlakesav.com).
There will be a ribbon cutting by the Chamber of Commerce on April 12 at Clovis Municipal Airport, along with a breakfast as part of welcoming the new carrier to Clovis.