Kearney and Scottsbluff are among 27 other small U.S. airports slated to temporarily lose their eligibility for the Essential Air Service program. The move comes after both airports lost air service from PenAir last month when the company declared bankruptcy. North Platte also lost service from PenAir however still meets the Department of Transportation’s passenger boarding requirements, so it isn’t at risk of losing EAS. All three cities have recommended SkyWest Airlines take over their EAS programs but that has to be approved by the Department of Transportation first. Deb Fischer, Ben Sasse, and Adrian Peterson all weighed in on a letter to the Department of Transportation, saying they would support any objection or waivers applied for by officials in the cities.