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SkyWest Airlines to serve Devils Lake, Jamestown and add flights

DEVILS LAKES -- SkyWest Airlines will add an additional weekly flight from Devils Lake to Denver International Airport starting in July. U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced Wednesday nearly $7 million in federal Essential Air Service funds were ma...

DEVILS LAKES -- SkyWest Airlines will add an additional weekly flight from Devils Lake to Denver International Airport starting in July.

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced Wednesday nearly $7 million in federal Essential Air Service funds were made available to continue air service to Devils Lake and Jamestown.

SkyWest will provide each of those communities with 12 nonstop or one-stop round trips per week from July 1 to June 30, 2018, according to a news release. That's one more trip than SkyWest currently provides out of Devils Lake, said John Nord, Devils Lake Regional Airport manager.

The annual subsidy for SkyWest in Devils Lake is almost $4 million, and for Jamestown it's nearly $2.8 million, according to a DOT order provided by Heitkamp's office.

Passenger boardings at Devils Lake have increased by almost 56 percent since last year, and Jamestown's has increased by almost 40 percent, according to the the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission.

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Nord said Great Lakes Airlines, which suspended service in Devils Lake in early 2014, also bid for the EAS contract.

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