SkyWest to pull out of Yampa Valley Regional Airport in December
HAYDEN — Yampa Valley Regional Airport Manager Kevin Booth confirmed Friday that SkyWest Airlines, one of two companies that is contracted to provide ground service at the airport in Hayden, will be departing in December.
“This stuff happens,” Booth said, who heard the news Thursday evening and talked to a source at SkyWest on Friday who confirmed the news. “My understanding is that all three airlines that SkyWest handles here are all aware and are all going out seeking proposals for replacements for SkyWest.”
Booth said it’s not uncommon for companies that contract to handle the ground services for other airlines to transition. Sometimes those decisions come from the airline, and other times the ground handling company makes the change.
“Even if they just come to an end of the contract, typically the airline will go out for proposals,” Booth said. “If someone else is the low bidder, then this is what happens — one transitions out and the other one transitions in.”
At the airport in Hayden, SkyWest handles the ground services for three of the airport’s five carriers — United, Delta and Alaska airlines. G2 Secure Staff works with American Airlines and Jet Blue.
“SkyWest Airlines ground handling service at Yampa Valley Regional Airport will transition to another airport operations provider this winter,” said Wes Horrocks, spokesperson for SkyWest Airlines. “We are working closely with our mainline partners to provide various opportunities for current SkyWest employees, including transfer options within SkyWest and interviews with the new provider, once selected. Flights will not be affected, and we’re working with our partners to ensure a seamless transition for customers.”
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