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The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is shown in Cody. Yellowstone Regional Airport will once again resume flights to Chicago.

CODY (WNE) — Yellowstone Regional Airport will have jets Windy City-bound for the first time in two years.

YRA board member Bucky Hall made the announcement Wednesday and said United Airlines will operate a once-weekly direct flight to and from Cody to Chicago starting the last week of June until September.

The flight service was offered at the airport 2014-2017 and again in 2018, but the service was temporarily discontinued last summer when the airport opted to focus on its Denver flights.

This year United will return nonstop service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport in addition to regularly scheduled Denver flights.

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To acquire the new flight, Hall said the Cody Yellowstone Air Improvement Resources group will use a “sizable portion” of $134,000 in eligible funding available through the state-run Air Service Enhancement Program to pay United a minimum revenue guarantee.

In addition, United will also add an extra Denver International Airport flight this summer, making for four daily departures and arrivals each day through the carrier and 38 total flights coming and going from the airport weekly.

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