Three airlines have submitted Essential Air Service propositions for both Alliance and Chadron, with a fourth carrier proposing service out of the Alliance airport only.
Boutique Air, Key Lime Air doing business as Denver Air Connection and Southern Airways Express are all offering 12 round-trips per week to Denver using turbo prop aircraft, and each has offered additional options or perks.
Boutique Air is offering an option for eight round-trips per week to Denver with four more to Omaha, Denver Air Connection has a jet service option out of Alliance, and Southern Airways Express would offer game-day flights from both Panhandle communities to Lincoln for 2021 home Husker games, with possible flights for up to five home basketball games.
SkyWest Airlines is also offering jet service of 12 round-trips per week between Alliance and Denver.
U.S. Transportation officials have asked local community leaders to express their preferences by email no later than February 4.