- Associated Press - Friday, December 22, 2017

SALINA, Kan. (AP) - Airplane passengers in Salina will soon have a few more flights with larger planes for trips to Denver and Chicago.

Salina Airport Authority Tim Rogers says SkyWest Airlines will provide flights from Salina to and from Denver and Chicago beginning in April.

Rogers said Friday flight schedules and prices will be announced next month.

SkyWest will fly one nonstop route to Chicago and two flights to Denver, with a stop in Hays.

SkyWest replaces Great Lakes Airlines, which currently offers two daily flights to Denver.

Rogers says SkyWest will use 50-seat regional jets. Great Lakes used 30-seat aircraft.

The Department of Transportations selected SkyWest to replace Great Lakes as the Essential Air Service provider for Salina. SkyWest has a two-year contract starting next April.

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