New Landline Bus Service to Connect Duluth and MSP Airports
Mar 19, 2019 06:17AM
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An artist rendering of a Landline bus that is going to be launched in June. Image: Landline
By Ryan Juntii of WDIO-TV - March 18, 2019
A new bus service will be coming to Duluth in June that will bring travelers back and forth between the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, and the Duluth International Airport.
The Duluth International Airport is going to be home to the new bus service known as Landline.
"We're always excited to have more foot traffic. It really diversifies some of the offerings for this region," said Duluth Airport Authority Director of Communications and Marketing Natalie Peterson. "We love that it gives travelers in this area another option to get to where they want to go," she said.
Travelers will catch the bus at the Duluth International Airport, which will then take them down to the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, and the nonstop service will run five times per day.
The service will be timed with airline connections. Fares will start as low as $9, but will adjust based on how far in advance you book. Landline Founder and CEO David Sunde says the highest priced tickets will be around $31 or $32.
Sunde says the goal is to make traveling to and from Duluth more affordable.
"We're really good for the consumer because we make it more affordable for you to travel, and we're really good for the community because we create a new revenue source for the airport," said Sunde.
Sunde says Landline is a lot more affordable than other one-way transportation services.
Those include the Jefferson Lines for $25, Groome Transportation for $44, and the proposed Northern Lights Express, which would range between $28 and $35.
The Landline custom designed motor coaches include on board amenties like in-seat power, Wi-Fi, and leather seats.
Landline will arrive and depart from their new check-in lounge in the Duluth Airport with parking and rideshare available onsite.
Sunde and Co-Founder Ben Munson identified Minnesota as the ideal location to launch their business based on their study of regional airports across the country.
“We are excited to launch Landline in Duluth this June,” Sunde said in a release. “Our low fares and great service will save people money and bring more people in and out of the Duluth Airport,” he said.
Minnesota is the launch market for the Landline service as there is a hub in the MSP Airport's Terminal 2. Sunde says there is one other market in Minnesota, and that is in Mankato. He says the plan is to expand to Eau Claire and Brainerd by the end of the year.
The first airline partner will be announced later this spring.
Watch a video on the WDIO-TV report here