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Great Lakes to add Pierre-Minneapolis route

PIERRE (AP) -- Great Lakes Airlines is planning a daily round-trip flight between South Dakota's capital city and Minneapolis.

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill tells the media that the flights are to begin Feb. 1. The schedule includes weekends.

Delta Airlines had planned to cut its Pierre-Minneapolis route last November because of a drop in passengers but was ordered by federal transportation officials to continue service while the city sought a new carrier for the route.

Gill says she hopes Great Lakes eventually will add a second daily flight between Pierre and Minneapolis. The airline also flies between Pierre and Denver.