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An American Eagle CRJ on the ramp at Columbia Regional Airport. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ian McMurtry)

Three Airlines Suspend Columbia Service over Runway Conditions

Three airlines informed Columbia Regional Airport in central Missouri that they will be temporarily suspending operations under what they claim are unsafe airport operations. Mesa Airlines, SkyWest Airlines and Envoy Air all see Columbia’s only operating runway 13/31 as a safety concern but would not specifically list publicly why the runway was not up to the airlines' standards. For Columbia, losing these carriers means the majority of current flights are gutted for the time being. Flights impacted are the twice-daily…