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Fewer flights at DBQ airport, scheduling change

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The one airline at Dubuque Regional Airport is reducing flights. American Airlines deciding to suspend afternoon flights, in and out of the airport. 

Airport management disappointed at the thought of the impact for travelers. "Yes, there were people who had flights booked, myself included," said Robert Grierson, airport manager. "There were people who have been inconvenienced by this."

The change won't be immediate. Grierson said it will be a temporary change that will begin May 4 through June 7. 

American Airlines said they're reducing service because there's more demand in the summer months at bigger airports. 

However, Grierson said the month of May and June is one of the busiest at the airport. For example, families from all across the country are traveling to attend graduations.

The change will also affect those traveling for business.

"I'm sure it will have a significant impact on many of our business travelers....I can only imagine the impact it's gonna have. I've already had conversations with some local businesses."

The afternoon flights at the airport are typically at 80 percent capacity. The morning and evening flights are usually fully booked.

According to management, the airport has seen more passengers, year after year.

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