PenAir, one of Alaska’s largest regional airlines, will initiate twice-daily service out of Denver to Dodge City, effective September 15, 2016.

"Air service is important to Dodge City because it gives the residents in this region access to a major airpot hub," airport manager Corey Keller said.

Effective June 30, 2016, schedules and fares will be available at PenAir.com, on several online travel agency sites, and by calling PenAir’s Central Reservations at 800-448-4226. Within the next month these fares and schedules will also be on PenAir’s codeshare partner’s website at AlaskaAir.com.

The current service, Great Lakes Airlines, continues through Sept. 14, 2016.

“PenAir is thrilled to be launching new service out of Denver," Danny Seybert, CEO of PenAir said. "We have been operating for over 60 years throughout Alaska, for the last several years in the Northeast U.S., and most recently the Pacific Northwest. The initiation of service between Denver and these Kansas communities will provide customers with our Alaskan brand of reliable customer service and the benefit of our connectivity to flights with our codeshare partner Alaska Airlines.”

On Monday through Friday, the service will arrive in Dodge City at 11:35 a.m. and leave for Denver at 11:55 a.m. as well as arrive at 3:35 p.m. and leave at 4:05 p.m. The second trip stops in Liberal on the way to Denver. On Saturday, the service will arrive at 1:45 p.m. and leave at 2:15 p.m., stopping in Liberal. On Sunday, the service arrives at 2:45 p.m. and leaves straight for Denver at 3:05 p.m.

All flights will use PenAir’s 30-seat Saab 340 turboprop aircraft.

“We have begun meeting with community leaders from each of these new communities and we’re finalizing a plan for an advertising campaign and on becoming involved in these local communities”, said Dave Hall, PenAir’s Chief Operating Officer. “All the communities have been especially supportive of PenAir and our plan to operate in their markets which are similar in size to those we serve in Alaska and in the Northeast U. S.”

Keller added the city is excited for the new partnership.

"We'll be bringing back reliable service that residents can use to Denver." he said. "It's a great opportunity to bring businesses back to the area. Air service to Denver is very important in the continuing efforts to preserve and embrace the Essential Air Service program which provides rural America with access to the nation's air transportation network."