It was announced last week that beginning Aug. 16, Delta Airlines will eliminate its afternoon flight from Aberdeen.
Wilson said that the most popular flights serving Aberdeen are the one that arrives at 10:50 p.m. and departs at 7 a.m., Wilson said.
The next most-used flights are the 1 p.m. departure and 4:35 p.m. arrival. Those are about 60 percent full.
The least-used flights arrive at 12:35 p.m. and depart at 4:55 p.m. Those planes are about 30 percent full.
When the afternoon flight is dropped, Delta will modify its schedule into Aberdeen in order to take advantage of the more popular flights, Wilson said.
Wilson said the 34-seat Saab turboprop will make its last flight to Aberdeen on Aug. 15. From then on, Aberdeen will be served exclusively with 50-passenger Canadair Regional Jets (CRJ). Of the two aircraft, the CRJ is more popular with passengers, Wilson said.
Wilson was asked by Mayor Mike Levsen about bills in the U.S. House and Senate that would affect airports that receive Essential Air Service. Those cities include Watertown, Huron and Jamestown, N.D. Wilson said he does not expect that legislation to have much effect on Aberdeen.
Also at Monday's meeting, the council passed a resolution opposing moving mail processing services from Aberdeen to Huron. The resolution was requested by Absolutely! Aberdeen and local businesses.
City Manager Lynn Lander noted that the move to Huron would adversely affect local business.
In other business, the Council:
·Appointed Dr. Kennon Broadhurst to a five-year term on the Aberdeen Airport Board.
·Approved a new retail on-off sale malt beverage license for Cory Johnson, doing business as the State Street Pub and Laundromat, contingent upon obtaining a certificate of occupancy after remodeling is complete.
·Declared a sweeper broom being used by the airport as surplus so that it may be traded in. The airport is purchasing a new sweeper broom for its Bobcat.
·Declared May 22-28 Historic Preservation Week in Aberdeen.