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Birmingham Graduate’s Lakeshore Express Makes it Easier than Ever to Fly to Chicago

The airline was founded in 2012, then added flights from Oakland County International Airport to Chicago’s Midway. Daily flights could be available by summer.

Lakeshore Express offers service from Oakland County International Airport, Chicago Midway Airport and the Pellston Regional Airport. (Photo: Lakeshore Express web site)
Lakeshore Express offers service from Oakland County International Airport, Chicago Midway Airport and the Pellston Regional Airport. (Photo: Lakeshore Express web site)

It's easier than ever before to get off Mackinac Island and into Chicago in a hurry.

A new public charter airline, Lakeshore Express, is offering service from Oakland County International Airport, Chicago Midway Airport and the Pellston Regional Airport, the Oakland Press reports.

The new charter airline was founded by 1996 Birmingham Seaholm High School graduate Greg Stallkamp, 36, of Chicago.

He said almost a third of his graduating class moved to Chicago.

“We knew, in terms of this route, there’s so much traffic going back and forth all of the time,” he said.

Stallkamp’s classmate, Jason Ribits, 36, of Berkley is the carrier’s director of sales and marketing. He said the service offered by Lakeshore Express “is a private flight experience for less than commercial fares.” Fares generally are in the $150 range each way.

Lakeshore Express was founded in 2012 and offered flights between Chicago and Pellston. Service at Oakland County International Airport in Waterford Township was added last year, offering four round trip  flights per route per year. Daily flights between Waterford and Chicago may be available by midsummer, the newspaper said.

Correction: The location of Regional Airport was corrected in this article.
Jason Ribits March 19, 2014 at 12:47 PM
Everyone makes mistakes but I wouldn't mind if they updated the article at least? It is factually wrong and does mislead people.
Richard Cranium March 19, 2014 at 01:01 PM
Alicia said. "do you even bother to fact check before you write? First off, the only way off Mackinac Island is by boat. They don't have an airport." The island has an airport with 3500 feet of paved runway. Pot... meet kettle.
Courteney Allison Child Gettel March 19, 2014 at 01:46 PM
When it comes to fact checking, here's a fact. There IS an air strip on Mackinac Island. There is NO fuel on the island for planes, but planes DO land there.
K. Scott March 20, 2014 at 09:21 AM
Ah, but it does't change the fact Beth isn't the best at updating. But, I don't know if she gets paid to do it anymore. Patch limbo since the sale a couple of months ago.
Dennis Robaugh March 21, 2014 at 01:29 AM
Thanks, readers, for noting the mistake. The article has been updated to reflect a correction.

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