That’s the date Great Lakes Airlines has targeted to begin Air Passenger Service from the Regional Airportin Rocksbury Township, south of Thief River Falls.
The new, non-stop service to the Twin Cities will initially include 3 flights daily – morning, afternoon and evening with much reduced airfares.
Checking flights on-line from Thief River Falls to the Twin Cities for Friday, May 18th, Great Lakes is posting a one way rate of right around $75 with a choice of departing flights at 6:50am and 2:50pm and returning flights at 2:40 and 7:55pm – a schedule that is be available 7 days a week.
By comparison, a passenger flying Delta from Grand Forks will pay $617 round trip for the very same service on the 18th – $292 from Bemidji and $613 from Fargo – all non-refundable rates.
According to Great Lakes, the Thief River Falls stop will originate in Devils Lake mornings and end there each evening, with a mid-day run that is not shared with another airport, making all air passenger service from “TVF” a direct, non-stop flight.
In taking over the Pinnacle/Delta connection, Great Lakes will discontinue the stop in Hibbing that has been so unpopular with Thief River Falls passengers – cutting flight times to right around 1 hour.
Although the prices seem excellent by comparison, what we were unable to do this weekend was to bookGreat Lakes through to destinations beyond the Twin Cities, Devils Lake or Williston, North Dakota - an air service option that the company is continuing to negotiate with other airlines.