Hoeven: Delta, United Airlines Air Service to Dickinson Will Improve Quality of Life

Ceremony Held at Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport Marking New Flights

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today said that new air service by Delta Airlines and United Airlines from Dickinson’s Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport will improve quality of life and provide much needed services to the region. The airport today held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the new flights to Minneapolis and Denver that began earlier this month.

“Both Delta’s and United’s decision to add new flights in and out of Dickinson stands as great news for the greater Dickinson area which has seen tremendous growth during the past several years,” said Hoeven. “With the economic and population growth taking place across Western North Dakota, our airports have been seeing increasing demands and record boarding. Expanded air service is an important part of our state’s ongoing work to provide the infrastructure and service necessary to meet the needs of our people and our growing economy.”

Earlier this year, Hoeven announced that Delta Airlines and United Airlines would begin twice-daily flights in and out of Dickinson this June. Delta officially began twice-daily nonstop service between Dickinson’s Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport and Minneapolis/St. Paul June 10, and United started flights between Dickinson and Denver June 6.

Hoeven has worked closely with Delta, United and Dickinson leaders to expand jet service to the area and has often cited North Dakota’s robust economy in urging the airline carriers to expand service to the state’s eight major airports.

In 2012, Dickinson airport had almost 24,000 boardings, an increase of almost 5,000 from 2011. North Dakota’s commercial airports finished 2012 with over one million boardings, a record high.