PORTLAND, Maine — For the first time in several years, regular flight service will soon link southern and northern Maine.

New England Air Transport says it will offer two round trips on Tuesdays and Thursdays connecting Portland with Presque Isle and Frenchville in northern Maine. The first flight on the seven-seat, twin-propeller plane is scheduled for next Tuesday.

The only way to get from southern to northern Maine now is to either make a five- or six-hour drive, charter a flight or drive to Boston and catch a flight.

New England Air Transport President David Fernald Sr. said he believes the service will attract passengers on both ends of the state.