(Neb)-SkyWest Begins Scottsbluff Service Listen
SCOTTSBLUFF - There was a lot of excitement Tuesday at the Western Nebraska Regional Airport in Scottsbluff with the first flights by SkyWest Airlines, the new Essential Air Service carrier that flies the route to Denver as United Airlines.
The first flight from Denver arrived around 3:30 in the afternoon and was greet by a water cannon salute provided by the airport's fire trucks, an aviation tradition marking an airline's first flight into an airport.
SkyWest was awarded the EAS subsidies for the Scottsbluff, Kearney, and North Platte routes to Denver last fall after PenAir declared bankruptcy protection and gave up those contract less that a year after starting them.
SkyWest Communications Director Layne Watson told KNEB radio that Scottsbluff fliers will enjoy a true collaboration between his airline and United.
PenAir and its predecessor Great Lakes both suffered from major reliability issues, which Watson says won't happen this time because SkyWest has a strong history of service and reliability.
SkyWest/United offers only 2 Scottsbluff roundtrips a day, but flys a 50-seat regional jet that gives the airport more seats per day than offered by either Great Lakes and PenAir most of the years they served Scottsbluff
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