United Airlines is planning to launch daily non-stop United Express service linking its Denver hub with Shreveport in Louisiana and Grand Forks in North Dakota.
In addition, United Airlines will expand its existing summer-season service between Denver and Anchorage to year-round flights.
The three route announcements come a week after United announced daily, non-stop service between Denver International Airport and the airline’s hub at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport with Boeing 787s, starting in the spring of 2013.
“These new routes cap off a monumental month for Denver, for United and for our customers,” says James Starnes, director of domestic planning for United Airlines. “United is committed to the ‘Mile High City’, and these new services underscore our commitment to bring to Denver the best network and schedule that any airline offers.”
United’s once-daily, non-stop service between Denver International Airport (DEN) and Shreveport Regional Airport (SHV) starts on August 28. United Express carrier ExpressJet (a subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc.) will operate the flight with 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets.
Shreveport Regional Airport serves north Louisiana, east Texas and southwest Arkansas. According to United, Shreveport offers everything from outdoor festivals and comedy shows to live theater and symphony performances, while the historic Louisiana town also offers excellent shopping and dining.
United’s twice-daily, non-stop service between Denver and Grand Forks International Airport (GFK) begins on October 3. United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines will operate the flights with 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets. The Grand Forks area offers a mix of sporting events, a lively arts scene, miles of hiking and biking trails, and a vibrant downtown, according to United.
The airline’s seasonal service between Denver and Anchorage, which it launched on May 1 with Boeing 737-800s, will now operate year-round. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) plays an integral role in the growth of Anchorage and the state of Alaska and is an important international hub for several cargo airlines.
United says it offers more flights to more destinations worldwide from Denver than any other airline, with nearly 400 peak-day departures to 125 destinations throughout the year. United claims to fly to nearly 50 more cities than the next-largest carrier at Denver International Airport, and is one of Denver’s largest private employers, with nearly 5,000 employees there.