Denver Air Connection
IATA ICAO Callsign
AOC #KY7A882H[1]
HubsDenver International Airport
Parent companyKey Lime Air
Key people
  • Cliff Honeycutt (Founder, President and CEO)
  • Glen Rich (Founder, Vice President and COO)
  • Dan Bauer (Founder)
Denver Air Connection Embraer ERJ 145
Cockpit view of a DAC Dornier 328JET inflight

Denver Air Connection is a subsidiary of Key Lime Air providing both charter and scheduled passenger air service.


Key Lime Air, dba Denver Air Connection (DAC), operates FAR Part 121 regional airline scheduled passenger service and scheduled passenger air charter. DAC operates a public charter route between Grand Junction Regional Airport in western Colorado and Centennial Airport in the Denver area twice daily. DAC public-charter flights are operated with various aircraft, including Embraer ERJ-145 and Fairchild Dornier 328JET regional jets as well as Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner and Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprops under FAR Part 135.

Denver Air Connection has an interline relationship with both United Airlines and American Airlines enabling travelers to book flights on United or American and travel on Denver Air Connection.[2][3] The carrier announced in January 2024 that it would start an agreement with Delta Air Lines.[4]

On 15 May 2019, the airline began service to Telluride Regional Airport also operating as Denver Air Connection and using the Fairchild Dornier 328JET. The service is the first jet service at the Telluride airport.

On June 1, 2019, the airline began its first Essential Air Service (EAS) contract at Alliance Municipal Airport under the Denver Air Connection brand, using the Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner. The service offers 12 weekly round trips to Denver. Only one of Key Lime Air's Metroliners is set up using the required 9-seat configuration.[5]

In addition to the scheduled service, DAC offers private charters on its various airframes.

Scheduled destinations

Denver Air Connection serves the following destinations:

City Airport IATA Code Destinations Notes
Arizona Arizona
Phoenix Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport PHX Cortez
Colorado Colorado
Alamosa San Luis Valley Regional Airport ALS Denver Contract awarded from SkyWest due to contract termination[6]
Cortez Cortez Municipal Airport CEZ Denver
Contract awarded from Boutique Air[7]
Denver Denver International Airport DEN Alamosa
Telluride Telluride Regional Airport TEX Denver
Illinois Illinois
Chicago O'Hare International Airport ORD Ironwood
Nebraska Nebraska
Alliance Alliance Municipal Airport AIA Denver EAS Community
Kearney Kearney Regional Airport EAR Denver[8] EAS Community | Contract awarded from SkyWest
McCook McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport MCK Denver EAS Community
New Mexico New Mexico
Clovis Clovis Municipal Airport CVN Dallas-Ft. Worth[9]
EAS Community
Michigan Michigan
Ironwood Gogebic–Iron County Airport IWD Chicago O'Hare
EAS Community
Minnesota Minnesota
Minneapolis/St Paul Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport MSP Ironwood
Thief River Falls
Thief River Falls Thief River Falls Regional Airport TVF Minneapolis EAS Community
South Dakota South Dakota
Pierre Pierre Regional Airport PIR Denver EAS Community[10]
Watertown Watertown Regional Airport ATY Chicago O'Hare
EAS Community[11]
Texas Texas
Dallas/Fort Worth Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport DFW Clovis

Former destinations

City Airport IATA Code Destinations Notes
Colorado Colorado
Broomfield Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport BJC Grand Junction Ended due to low demand.
Denver-Centennial Centennial Airport APA Grand Junction Hub
Grand Junction Grand Junction Regional Airport GJT Denver-Centennial Ended due to low demand[12]
Wyoming Wyoming
Riverton Central Wyoming Regional Airport RIW Denver
EAS Community | SkyWest Airlines awarded contract
Sheridan Sheridan County Airport SHR Denver
EAS Community | SkyWest awarded contract

Accidents and incidents


  1. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  2. ^ Publisher, Maureen Pelisson, Associate. "Denver to Telluride in 40 minutes". Telluride Daily Planet.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "First-ever commercial jet service coming to Telluride". 9News. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  4. ^ Gerardi, Joey (January 28, 2024). "Delta Adds New Interline Partner". FLYING Media Group. Retrieved January 28, 2024.
  5. ^ "". Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  6. ^ "". Retrieved 2022-05-24.
  7. ^ "". Retrieved 2022-05-24.
  8. ^ Hub, MIKE KONZ Kearney. "Denver Air Connection picked to serve Kearney Regional Airport". Retrieved 2022-08-26.
  9. ^ Gerardi, Joey (2021-09-30). "Denver Air Connection Announces Texas Launch Date –". – LIVE. LOVE. AVIATION. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  10. ^ staff, Capital Journal. "SkyWest to be replaced by Denver Air Connections at Pierre airport". Capital Journal. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  11. ^ VanDusen, Troy. "DOT Selects New Essential Air Service Carrier for Watertown Regional Airport". Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  12. ^, DENNIS WEBB. "Changes in the air: As COVID clouds start to part, airport seeks to soar in evolving market". The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. Retrieved 2021-05-02.
  13. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Swearingen SA227-DC Metro 23 N820DC Denver International Airport, CO (DEN)". Retrieved 2022-04-16.