Denver International Airport at sunrise, Denver Colorado, USA,

Denver International Airport at sunrise.

Duluth, Minnesota, wants a fast way to get to Denver, and they're asking for federal money to do it.

Duluth International Airport submitted an application for a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation that would fund about 70% of the $1.1 million project cost to provide nonstop air service via United Airlines between the port city on Lake Superior and Denver, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

The application argues that the route would make flights cheaper and give people easier access to western cities, as well as bring a potential profit of $12 million a year.

“We think the airline can be profitable on this route [and] the community and the region will support it," said DLH Executive Director Tom Werner to the Tribune.

If the grant is approved, United Airlines could begin flying people to Denver as early as May or June of next year.

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