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Sioux Gateway Airport

An American Eagle flight takes off from Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City. The airport is looking at the possibility of adding westbound air service. 

SIOUX CITY -- The Sioux Gateway Airport has received a $650,000 grant that brings the airport a step closer to reestablishing a connecting flight to Denver. 

Barbara Sloniker, executive vice president of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, said that the airport plans to use its Small Community Air Service Development Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to try to secure air service to the west. 

"Denver would probably be our top pick," Sloniker said. 

Airport officials are in talks with various airlines about establishing a new flight. More than likely, American Airlines, the sole airline at Sioux Gateway, would not add the Denver flight because it doesn't have a hub in Denver.

Sloniker said that establishing a westbound flight out of Sioux City is not yet a sure thing. 

"We would like that to happen, but I'm not saying that that can be expected," she said. "We will do everything in our power to secure service to the west." 

Sioux Gateway has been without flights to Denver since October 2014, when low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines halted service to the Mile High City after just four months. 

As recently as the 1990s, United Airlines offered daily connecting flights to Denver. United is one of the carriers that Sioux Gateway officials are reportedly courting this time around.

Local officials said the federal grant could be used to help guarantee revenue for a new airline, waive landing and other fees, and market the new route.

At Sioux Gateway, American currently offers two daily connecting flights to Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. A third Chicago flight is scheduled to be added in September. 

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