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Airport Authority in talks with United for regional jet service

Dickinson could soon be a hub for regional jet service, but that doesn't translate into passenger service to new destinations. At least not for now, according to Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport Manager Matthew Remynse.

During its monthly meeting at the airport, the Airport Authority Commission discussed the possibility of reaching an agreement with United Airlines to offer regional jet service.

Remynse said he has been in contact with representatives from United and that a partnership -- something that wouldn't happen until at least early 2013 -- would allow for more passengers on each flight.

"It would provide our customers more convenience," Remynse said. "We would also have room for 50 passengers in comparison with 30 on our current aircraft. The regional jets are also faster and not as noisy inside."

The airport runs four commercial flights daily to and from Denver, although Remynse said, with continued growth in the Dickinson area, other hubs could be added.

"That's certainly not out of the question as we move forward," Remynse said.

The airport's agreement with Great Lakes expires at the end of January. Remynse said it's too early to speculate on if that partnership will continue.

United spokesperson Mary Clark said the airline "talks with a lot of communities" and declined comment on any potential marriage with the Dickinson airport.

Before any agreement with United, an environmental assessment study would need to be performed and the airport would need to comply with Federal Aviation Administration runway weight guidelines for regional jets or be granted a waiver.

AAC engineer Charlie Baker also noted that hours of operation restrictions would need to be followed so sleeping residents are not disturbed by the louder regional jets.

Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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