- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

SALINA, Kan. (AP) - Scheduled air service will return to Salina beginning this spring.

Salina Airport Authority officials said Thursday Great Lakes Airlines will fly 12 roundtrips a week between Salina and Denver beginning April 1. The Wyoming-based airline will use 30-seat Embraer EMB-120 turboprop planes.

Great Lakes will take over from SeaPort Airlines, which ended its service from Salina to Kansas City last month. Seaport filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

The two-year, nearly $2 million service comes under an Essential Air Service contract, which provides funding for airlines serving small airports.

The Salina airport officials said in a news release Great Lakes has a code-share agreement with United Airlines, which provides more than 180 connecting flights in Denver.

Great Lakes also provides service from Dodge City and Liberal to Denver.

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