Jul 13, 2014 1:09 PM by AP
MONROE, La. (AP) - Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo and other local officials are scheduled to meet Monday with United Airlines to talk about a direct flight between the Monroe and Denver.
Monroe passengers currently must pass through United's Houston hub to get to Denver.
CenturyLink, which is headquartered in Monroe, also has a large regional office in Denver. It is working with the city on non-stop service.
Mayo tells The News Star the city will offer incentives but wouldn't elaborate on the specifics of the proposal.
Monroe Regional Airport Manager Ron Phillips says about 6,500 passengers fly from Monroe to Denver each year. Phillips says those passenger numbers will increase with a direct flight.
Delta and American offer service to Denver from Monroe, but no direct flights.