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Scheduled air service returns to Salina on June 15

Scheduled air service will return to Salina Regional Airport in a little more than a week.

Beginning June 15, Wyoming-based Great Lakes Airlines will begin operating 12 round-trip flights a week from Salina to Denver International Airport using 30-seat Embraer EMB-120 turboprop aircraft.

Great Lakes will operate the service under a two-year, federal Essential Air Service contract, which provides funding to airlines serving small airports on money-losing routes. Great Lakes will receive $2 million a year to provide the service.

Great Lakes has a code-share agreement with United Airlines, which operates a hub at Denver International Airport and has more than 180 connecting flights from there.

Great Lakes had originally been expected to launch nonstop Denver service on April 1, but was delayed because the Transportation Security Administration had ended passenger screening there.

That service has since been restored.

The last airline to provide scheduled service at Salina airport was SeaPort Airlines, which abruptly ended its nonstop service in January to Kansas City International Airport. In February, Portland, Ore.-based SeaPort filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.