What’s in a name? Starting June 1st, Denver-based Denver Air Connection, a subsidiary of Key Lime Air, began offering 12 weekly flights between Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and Fergus Falls, Minnesota. As part of the federal Essential Air Service program that subsidizes airline service from small communities, Denver Air replaces Boutique Air on the route.
The two-year contract replaces Boutique’s service which started on the route in 2016. At the same time, Boutique will introduce new service from Ironwood, Michigan on the Upper Peninsula to MSP.
Denver Air flights are all-jet service utilizing either a 30-seat Dornier 328 or 50-seat Embraer EMB-145, depending on market demand. Boutique Air’s service is via a Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop that seats nine passengers. In conjunction with United Airlines, Denver Air’s connecting customers may interline their checked baggage to their final UA destination.