- Associated Press - Saturday, February 27, 2016

McCOOK, Neb. (AP) - A San Francisco charter and passenger flight company will provide flights to Denver from the McCook airport in southwestern Nebraska.

The U.S. Department of Transportation approved the selection on Wednesday of Boutique Air to provide the service at McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport, the McCook Gazette reported (https://bit.ly/1KSEOqy ).

The federal agency’s selection came on the recommendation of the McCook City Council. Boutique will provide 12 nonstop, round-trip flights per week to Denver International Airport in small planes that can carry eight or nine passengers. Fares are expected to average around $75.

The airline will receive an annual subsidy of nearly $2.4 million and is expected to fly more than 3,500 passengers a year between McCook and Denver.

Boutique will take over flight service from McCook’s current air service provider, Great Lakes Airlines of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Great Lakes’ contract ends on May 31.

Great Lakes carried 333 passengers last year, down from 402 the year prior and 1,978 passengers in 2013.

The Transportation Department’s order allows for Great Lakes to suspend its service early if Boutique Air can begin service the next day. But McCook Public Works Director Kyle Potthoff said that’s not likely to happen, as Boutique has said it would need 60 to 90 days to begin operating.

Boutique’s air service contract begins on June 1 and expires on May 31, 2018.


Information from: McCook Daily Gazette, https://www.mccookgazette.com

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