By The Hays Daily News

One week after Great Lakes Airlines learned it was not chosen by the federal government to continue service at Hays Regional Airport, the carrier has decided to cancel its contract early. As a result, the airline will be leaving Hays effective March 31. Great Lakes' contract was set to expire May 1.

The airport will not have an commercial carrier until SkyWest Airlines begins service, scheduled for July 1.

"We are disappointed that Great Lakes chose to abandon the Hays market rather than fulfill their contract," Hays City Manager Toby Dougherty said in a press release.

He anticipates a brighter future for the airport with SkyWest.

"We feel that Sky West's superior equipment and reliable service will not only lure back those passengers we lost due to Great Lake's recent operational issues, but will help us attract passengers that might not have considered using the Hays Regional Airport in the past," he said.

Passengers with booked flights on Great Plains will need to call the carrier's customer service at (800) 554-5111.