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Published January 31, 2014, 02:42 PM

SkyWest Airlines awarded Devils Lake-Denver route

The Devils Lake airport has new service heading to Denver. Skywest Airlines was awarded the essential air service contract to operate in Devils Lake.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

The Devils Lake airport has new service heading to Denver. Skywest Airlines was awarded the essential air service contract to operate in Devils Lake.

The airline takes over for Great Lakes Airlines, which flew to Minneapolis, but will suspend service Saturday due to a pilot shortage. Airport manager John Nord says Skywest will operate eleven flights a week to Denver, up from seven in the original proposal. He says the Denver route has advantages over Minneapolis, with more connecting flights available around the world.

Devils Lake Regional Airport manager John Nord said, "We're slowly getting to have more opportunities to get to places quicker, and hopefully more non-stop once we get to Denver."

Representatives from Skywest will be in town next week to start working on the transition. The first flights should take off to and from Denver in early June.

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