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Flights To Denver Resume

SANTA FE, N.M. — After a nearly five-year hiatus, local air service to the Mile High City is back.

Great Lakes Airlines will begin operating Clovis-Santa Fe-Denver flights on Dec. 1.

“It’s great news. We’re really happy to have this. Denver is by far our most requested (new) destination,” Santa Fe Municipal Airport Director Jim Montman said.

Great Lakes Airlines stopped its Denver-Santa Fe flights in January 2008. The move left the City Different without commercial air service for over a year until American Eagle Airlines started up flights to Dallas and Los Angeles.

A Great Lakes official said around that time that the airline didn’t have a hard time finding passengers but that it was difficult making money with its 19-seat planes.

This time around, Great Lakes is connecting Clovis and Denver, via Santa Fe, under an essential air agreement subsidized by the federal government.

Planes will leave Santa Fe for Denver early in the morning and mid-afternoon, and return in the early afternoon and evening.

Clovis will bookend the flights.

One-way tickets between Santa Fe and Denver are around $100.

Great Lakes officials are trying to work out ticketing agreements with other airlines that would allow passengers to more smoothly connect with other flights in Denver, Montman said.

Santa Fe Mayor David Coss said Tuesday during his State of the City address that the flights are evidence of positive economic growth in Santa Fe.

Montman said the new Denver flights mean two new full-time jobs and four part-time jobs in Santa Fe, with the potential for more.