Gov. Jack Dalrymple today said he and his office staff are encouraging United Airlines executives to begin offering flights from Grand Forks International Airport.
Dalrymple said residents served by the Grand Forks airport need additional air passenger service, particularly flights to and from the Southwest United States.
"I shared with executives at United that the Grand Forks airport offers them an ideal opportunity because of its proximity for Canadian travelers and because of the Grand Forks area's robust economy and strong business climate," Dalrymple said. "For three years running, the Grand Forks airport has set records for passenger boardings and meeting this growing demand for air service is essential to the region's continued economic growth and quality of life."
Among North Dakota's four largest airports, Grand Forks International is the only one that does not currently provide a daily, direct flight to Denver. Delta Airlines provides six daily, 50-passener flights between Grand Forks and Minneapolis. Allegiant Air's standard flight schedule provides for two, 150-seat flights each week to Las Vegas, Phoenix and Orlando.