SkyWest Airlines, operating as United Express, will begin daily service between Scottsbluff and Denver early next year. The airline will begin flying the route on January 30, 2018, two months before originally estimated.
“Access to reliable and efficient local air service means more choice and more convenience for Scottsbluff travelers,” said Greg Atkin, SkyWest Airlines’ Managing Director of Market Development. “We look forward to bringing United Express jet service to Scottsbluff in January.”
With the new service, SkyWest will become the Nebraska town’s only carrier; scheduled flights were stopped from Scottsbluff after Pen Air declared bankruptcy last summer.
Darwin Skelton, Director of Western Nebraska Regional Airport, said that he thinks that SkyWest will be able to perform better than previous carriers like PenAir and Great Lakes Airlines. “We all thought PenAir was going to [provide the service we’ve advertised] and be there for us, but with SkyWest, I truly believe they will be there and provide the flights and times they are talking about doing and this community is going to have to support that,” he said. “If we don’t, I can confidently say they won’t be here.”
SkyWest will use a CRJ 200 on the route. The aircraft can seat up to 50 passengers and will be stored in Scottsbluff overnight to be ready for morning service.
Tentative flight times have been released, but they could change. Currently, a morning flight from Scottsbluff is scheduled to leave at 6:10. Flights leaving Denver would depart around 16:00 or 21:00. These times are projected for Monday through Friday service, but times for Saturdays and Sundays haven’t been decided yet.
Though fares are also tentative, current estimates are around $150 with taxes for a return trip.
SkyWest is working to ensure that the flight schedule allows people to catch as many of the 370 worldwide United flights from Denver International Airport as possible. Passengers will be able to redeem United miles on flights to and from Scottsbluff.
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