Delta adding more flights to NoDak's oil fields

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Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines will offer direct flights twice a day between Dickinson, in western North Dakota, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the Star Tribune reports. The new service, which will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines, will begin June 10.

"The Dickinson market has demonstrated considerable recent growth due to oil and gas production, and our flights to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport will offer passengers convenient one-stop connectivity from one of Delta's largest hubs," Joe Esposito, Delta's Managing Director for Domestic Network Planning, said in a news release.

The Denver Post says United Airlines also plans to offer twice-daily nonstop flights between Dickinson and Denver starting in June.

Delta added nonstop service between the Twin Cities and Williston, N.D., last year.

Last week, Delta's Pennsylvania refinery received its first shipment of North Dakota crude oil, according to the Associated Press.

North Dakota is the nation’s No. 2 oil producer behind only Texas. The state extracted a record 768,853 barrels per day in December.

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