St.George – LA flights to be resumed by SkyWest Airlines

Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 18:26 by Aviation Correspondent

SkyWest Airlines has said  that the carrier plans to resume direct flights to Los Angeles from St. George on March 6, 2011.

It will be following a schedule of one round trip daily, operating between St. George, which is the carrier’s home town, and Los Angeles International Airport six days a week on all days of the week except Saturdays. The carrier will be using 30-seat Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia turboprop aircraft to operate the new flights.

The announcement also said that the carrier would be operating flights for United Airlines as United Express. Officials at the airline said that the resumption of the new flights was the result of a lot of analysis and a focus by SkyWest to continue to invest in its home town. The Los Angeles route was previously operated for several years by the airline, but was discontinued during late 2009.

Another development at SkyWest is that the carrier will be starting their first ever jet service, and eliminating the turboprop flights on the St. George – Salt Lake City route. This new service will begin on January 13, 2011 and is set to coincide with the opening of the new St. George municipal airport.

SkyWest Airlines is a regional airline in North America, with headquarters in Utah’s St.George. The airline currently operates to 61 cities in the USA and Canada. Functioning as a feeder service that is contracted to bigger carriers, SkyWest operates as SkyWest Airlines in a partnership with AirTran Airways and United Express as part of their contract with United Airlines; and as Delta Connection on behalf of Delta Air Lines. The carrier has an average of 1,840 daily departures on its network.

SkyWest Inc., the company that owns SkyWest Airlines, also owns Atlantic Southeast Airlines. Together, these two carriers are the tenth largest airline in terms of number of aircraft – with a fleet of 440 regional planes.

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