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United adds bigger plane for Duluth-Chicago flights

The Duluth International Airport. (File / News Tribune)

The first and last daily flights between Duluth and Chicago will now be flown on a larger plane, the Duluth International Airport announced Thursday.

Beginning March 9, United Airlines will run a mainline aircraft — an Airbus A319 or A320 — on its first flight out of DLH and last flight in from Chicago O’Hare. The other daily flights, two or three depending on the season, will continue to run on 50-seat regional jets.

“We are thrilled to see the mainline flights come to DLH for our passengers. The region has continued to show United Airlines the demand for the Chicago market and we are happy to see them respond with this new addition,” airport spokeswoman Natalie Peterson said in a news release.

More than 94,000 people flew on United Airlines through the Duluth International Airport in 2017, a 1.8 percent increase from 2016, according to the Duluth Airport Authority. Delta, meanwhile, saw 8,000 fewer passengers between 2016 and 2017, a decrease of 5 percent.