MASON CITY | Air Choice One will begin commercial flights to and from Chicago on Monday, Nov. 17, the airline announced Friday.

Interested parties can book flights now through www.airchoiceone.com or by calling 1-866-435-9847.

Flights are currently priced at $59 from Mason City to Chicago and $54 from Chicago to Mason City, which includes all taxes and fees.

There will be four flights daily, Monday through Friday, to and from Chicago, leaving Mason City at 4:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. and leaving Chicago at 7 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 8:35 p.m.

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In addition, there will be two flights to and from Chicago on Saturday and Sunday, leaving Mason City at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. and leaving Chicago at 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Air Choice One aircraft are Cessna Caravan nine-passenger planes. Passengers with connecting flights will have to pick up their luggage in Chicago and check it in with the airline for their next flight.

The arrival of Air Choice One marks the end of an eight-month drought in commercial air service, since Great Lakes Airlines suspended service in Mason City in February due to what it said was a pilot shortage.   

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