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Air service grows

The Yampa Valley is easier to reach by air this summer and fall, thanks to a federal grant that is helping bring direct jet flights here from Houston.

In addition, Yampa Valley Regional Airport continues to be served year-round by Mesa Airlines flying the Denver route as United Express. United offers several flights a day on turboprops. The flight takes less than 45 minutes.

Last summer’s daily flights from Houston on 50-passenger jets were popular among Texans and other Southerners eager to escape the heat and humidity. Travelers might want to book early this year. Flights on the Continental flights were more than 90 percent full in August 2005.



Fall flights between Salt lake City and the Yampa Valley on Delta Airlines were in negotiation at press time.

Service for the coming ski season is loaded into travel computers, and the big news is that Delta’s nonstop flights from Atlanta to Yampa Valley Regional Airport have been increased to daily service.



Delta has flown the route on Saturdays for several years with a Boeing 757. Now, to make the flight work on a daily basis, the plane has been downsized to a 150-passenger 737-800.

Delta also has reconfigured its daily service between Salt Lake City and the Yampa Valley. It now will offer two daily flights instead of one. That plane also has been downsized to a 70-passenger CRJ-700, which is known for its relatively roomy cabins. Resort officials say the change allows them more flexibility to time the flights for convenient connections between West Coast and Eastern cities. Last year’s single daily flight resulted in long layovers in Salt Lake for travelers from cities in the Eastern U.S. That problem has been fixed.

Steamboat boosted its daily flight from Chicago on American Airlines up to a 757, and that move was so successful that it will be repeated this winter.

The daily flight from Chicago on American Airlines has been bumped up from a 737 to a 757, yielding an additional 4,800 seats over the course of the season.

Direct ski season flights originate in Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Newark, Cincinnati, Chicago, Minneapolis and Denver.


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