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Dodge City to ask federal government to continue subsidizing flights to Denver

August 5, 2011

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— Dodge City officials have chosen to ask the federal government to continue subsidizing flights from Dodge City to Denver.

The Dodge City Commission voted 3-2 Thursday to ask the U.S. Department of Transportation to approve federal funding from the Essential Air Service program for flights to Denver.

The Dodge City Daily Globe reports that southwest Kansas is in danger of losing commercial air service if EAS funding is cut.

In response, Garden City officials had asked Dodge City to decline about $1 million in federal funds to establish a regional airport in Garden City that would also serve Dodge City.

But the commission voted to continue the city's current arrangement with Great Lakes, which provides four daily round-trip flights to Denver.

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