- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) - U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says the federal Department of Transportation has ordered United Airlines not to pull out of Dickinson until a replacement is found to provide subsidized air service to the city in the slumping oil patch.

United recently announced it planned to discontinue service to the city effective Sept. 27. The airline provides twice-daily nonstop service between Dickinson and Denver.

DOT has issued a request for airlines to submit proposals by Aug. 15 to serve Dickinson under the Essential Air Service program.

Hoeven is asking the agency to conduct an expedited review of proposals and swiftly award a new contract.

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