Northwest Airlines pulling out of Gainesville Regional Airport

Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 3:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 3:25 p.m.

Northwest Airlines is ending flights in and out of Gainesville Regional Airport, less than two years after the service was started.

Northwest's flights to and from the airport will end May 1, leaving three airlines at the airport. The airline is making the move as part of its post-bankruptcy reorganization and will move the flights to a larger airport, said spokesman Dean Breest.

"It's strictly financial," he said. "It's a difficult period right now."

The airport had spent years trying to lure Northwest to Gainesville, before getting help from a $660,000 federal grant. The airline started flights in October 2004 and now operates about four per day between here and its hub in Memphis.

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