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.
After a 35-year travel industry career, the time has come to kick back and relax. Well, not exactly, but it is time to travel without a business schedule dictating where and when. Over the years I've traveled extensively by air for work, both domestically and internationally. I've been to some incredibly exciting and beautiful destinations, and some others, not so much. So now it's my turn (and hopefully yours), to explore the world at a more leisurely pace. Whether you want to discover the U.S. or another continent, the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is a great starting point. And that's what this blog is all about. I'm not here to assist the rich and famous in figuring out how to best earn and utilize their millions of airline miles and hotel points. Instead, my focus will be on the average Joe and Josephine. Hard-working people (like you!) who have saved up over time for their once or twice a year escape from reality. So if you're contemplating a getaway from MSP or the Upper Midwest via the Twin Cities, you've come to the right place. Happy trails!
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