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United Airlines to begin offering jet service to and from Denver

Photo courtesy United Airlines/TRR Airport United Airlines will offer service to and from Denver on ERJ-145 jets, like the one pictured, beginning in June.

Regional jet service from Dickinson to Denver is coming this summer and that might not be the only major hub the Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport adds in the near future.

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) announced Monday that United Airlines will begin offering twice-daily nonstop service from TRRA to Denver on June 6. The airline will use 50-seat United Express regional jet planes, a step up from the smaller aircraft used by Great Lakes Airlines for its routes to and from the same two cities.

"This is a really good step," Hoeven said. "This is dependable jet service, two flights daily roundtrip. This is about growth and job creation in the community and this is a good step for Dickinson and southwest North Dakota. We've worked on this for some time and I think it really enhances quality of life."

Hoeven said expanded air service is an "important part of our ongoing work to provide infrastructure and services to meet the needs of our people and growing economy."

Last year, TRRA had nearly 24,000 boardings, an increase of close to 20 percent from 2011. Thanks in part to the Bakken oil play and the economic activity because of it, airports in the state have been much busier lately. In 2012, North Dakota's commercial airports welcomed from Hoeven's office.

"We're very excited about United coming to Dickinson and we're looking forward to a long relationship with them," TRRA Manager Matthew Remynse said. "United will compliment what Great Lakes has been doing here for several years. I have no doubt that the city of Dickinson and southwest North Dakota will embrace the new jet service -- this is something the community has asked for."

Remynse said he expects to keep the airport's relationship with Great Lakes and that it is his hope the company will continue to compete with United. In addition to the Denver-to-Dickinson jet service, Hoeven said Dickinson could also have service to and from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport through Delta Airlines at some point.

"I'm still working on that one," Hoeven said. "If we got Delta to serve Dickinson out of Minneapolis, then you could go east or west from Dickinson to a major hub. It's also important for people to use those flights because you have to use them to keep them. We work hard to get airlines to put that jet service in and so we need our folks to use those services."

Tickets for the United flights beginning this summer will be offered beginning Feb. 9 at Flights are set to depart Dickinson at 7:30 a.m. and 11:57 a.m. while Denver flights to TRRA will depart at 10 a.m. and 8:15 p.m. Great Lakes offers four roundtrip flights to and from Colorado's state capital daily.

In a statement issued by a United spokesman, the airline stated "Dickinson travelers will not only have access to Denver, but also convenient connections from the hub to other destinations, including the West Coast, Gulf Coast, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean."

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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