Colorado-based Denver Air Connection, or DAC for short, has added a 17th route to their network. The new flight will…
Denver Air Connection Expands in Minneapolis
Denver-based Denver Air Connection, or more commonly known as DAC, will be expanding from its Minneapolis/St. Paul hub, which is due to a contract refresh. Pierre, S.D., an EAS community the airline has served since June 2021 when SkyWest terminated their contract here, along with nearby Watertown, S.D., which have a joint EAS contract and are usually awarded together, just had their contract re-awarded to Denver Air Connection once again.
Back in 2021, the contract for the two communities was awarded to DAC, with Watertown’s proposal including flights to both Chicago O’Hare and Denver, while Pierre only got Denver flights.
Under the new contract, Watertown will continue to receive what it already has, nonstop flights to both Chicago and Denver. But, Pierre will be adding a new destination; Minneapolis/St. Paul, in addition to the Denver flights currently operated. Up to four of the 12 weekly flights from Pierre will now be going to Minneapolis.
This will be the first time Pierre has had flights to Minneapolis or any destinations east of the city since Great Lakes Airlines served the airport before it collapsed in March 2015. This will also be the city’s first jet service to Minneapolis since the 1980’s as all flights to Minneapolis between 1980 and 2015 were on propeller-driven aircraft.
These flights will be the airline’s third destination out of Minneapolis as they already serve Thief River Fall, Minn. and Ironwood, Mich. from the airport. The new contract is set to begin on June 1, 2023, but flights have not gone on sale as of yet given the contract was just awarded to the airline a few days ago and they need time to get resources together before beginning to sell the flights.
Flights and schedules are subject to change and all information in this article was obtained through publicly viewable documents.
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