GREAT FALLS— Gulf Stream International, Montana's new Essential Air provider, will begin service to seven small airports in the state next month.
Gulf Stream replaces Great Lakes Aviation, which has served the state since 2008. The Montana EAS Task Force recommended the switch after complaints of canceled flights, stranded travelers and late arrivals.
The federal EAS program provides subsidies for commercial airlines to serve small markets.
Gulf Stream's Montana operations are based in Billings. The airline will begin service in Lewistown and Havre on May 1. Service to Wolf Point and Glasgow will begin on May 8, followed by Miles City, Sidney and Glendive on May 15.
Gulf Stream will have four, 19-seat airplanes in Montana. Officials say one-way flights to Billings will cost about $75.