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Commercial air service returns to St. Cloud with Phoenix route

St. Cloud officials are announcing the return of commercial air service to their regional airport.

St. Cloud officials are announcing today the return of commercial air service to their regional airport.

The plan is for service to the Phoenix/Mesa Arizona airport.

The Greater St. Cloud Development Corp. is also working to get service to Chicago.

Delta stopped flying to St. Cloud in late 2009, and officials there have been raising pledges to help get air service back to the city.

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According to the St. Cloud Times:

The GSDC group has solicited more than $6 million in commitments from businesses and individuals during a six-month period through July. The movement also has about $1 million from a federal grant and matching donations from area cities, counties and other entities.

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who represents the area, had a statement on the partnership before today’s official announcement:

“I have long been a supporter of the airport’s effort to secure a carrier, and I was happy when the combination of their business savvy, the public commitment to funding, and my recommendation of their project resulted in a grant award. Today, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all the involved parties. I am certain that this connection from the St. Cloud metro area to Arizona will prove to be very beneficial to both regions. And I look forward to continuing to work with the airport as they seek to expand even further.”