- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) - A small, Denver-based airline is hoping to provide flights from North Platte to Denver.

Key Lime Air made its pitch Friday to city officials, The North Platte Telegraph reported (https://bit.ly/1nXEvj4 ) Saturday. It’s one of several companies seeking to provide the service.

The company has been providing service for UPS freight into the North Platte community for the last 19 years, but now wants to move into passenger service, said Cliff Honeycutt, president and co-owner of the airline.

The plane that would be used for the flights is a Dornier 328 jet that seats 30. The company would provide two flights daily to and from Denver and would include service to and from Kearney.

“It’s a great airplane,” Honeycutt said. “You can stand up in them. There’s a flight attendant, a full stand-up bathroom.”

Flight time from North Platte to Denver is about 38 minutes.

Key Lime Air was founded about 20 years ago and currently has 30 airplanes in its fleet, flying about 15,000 hours annually.

“We want to bring air service back to the small communities that have suffered a degrade in that service,” Honeycutt said.


Information from: The North Platte Telegraph, https://www.nptelegraph.com

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