United Airlines will start providing 12 weekly round trips to Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Denver International Airport starting on April 1. The term of service will end on March 31, 2024.
The news comes as United Express (SkyWest) was selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide Essential Air Service for the Sioux Gateway airport for three years.
The DOT requested proposals from air carriers in September 2020, with proposals American, SkyWest, Boutique.
“Yeah it’s really a win for the community because now we have a great East-West connection and we’re excited about SkyWest delivering that service for us. It’s something we’ve been waiting for for a long time. So just to kind of get that started and go to the next chapter,” said Mike Collett, the assistant city manager and airport manager.
The DOT order states, “SkyWest’s proposal meets the air carrier selection criteria the Department is required to consider, and the Department finds its service and subsidy levels reasonable. Therefore, the Department is selecting SkyWest for the three-year term proposed by the carrier.”
American Airlines will continue to offer flights to Denver until April 1st. The airline has not said if it will continue to offer local service to Dallas, once Skywest takes over the Chicago route.
Round flights to Denver are expected to start at $125.