Summer roundtrips to Denver go to twice daily beginning July 1 |

Summer roundtrips to Denver go to twice daily beginning July 1

The Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
Brian Ray

— July 1 marks a significant change in 2016 summer air service in and out of Yampa Valley Regional Airport with United Airlines operating its first daily flight from Houston, Texas, into the airport in Hayden about 23 miles west of Steamboat Springs.

The inaugural flight is due in at 7:55 p.m. after departing Houston at 6:10 p.m. The aircraft won’t turn around for the flight back to Texas until 7:30 a.m. the following morning. The flights continue through Aug. 15.

American Airlines has been operating daily flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and YVRA since June 2 and will continue to do so through Aug. 22.

Friday also marks the beginning of twice daily roundtrips between Denver and YVRA, up from the single daily flight to United’s hub at Denver International Airport that has been available since April 5.

YVRA Director Kevin Booth said Tuesday the increase in frequency also signals a change from United Express provider SkyWest to GoJet flying 70-passenger CRJ 70s through Aug. 15.

Although travelers here will enjoy twice daily roundtrips between the Yampa Valley and Denver, for the next six weeks, there won’t be an early morning departure from YVRA to DIA.

The flight schedule for July 1 to Aug. 15 shows flights departing Hayden for Denver at 12:45 p.m. and 4:55 p.m. Arrivals in Hayden are scheduled for 12:10 p.m. and 4:16 p.m. Through most of April, May and June, the daily flight to DIA met the needs of business travelers nicely with a dependable 8:12 a.m. departure after the aircraft remained on the apron at YVRA overnight.

Booth pointed out that United will continue to have an early morning departure available, with the flight to Houston scheduled to depart at 7:30 a.m., with connections to dozens of cities from the Texas hub.

Looking ahead to late summer and autumn, SkyWest returns to serving Hayden with twice daily roundtrips beginning Aug. 16 and continuing through Nov. 22, including daily 7:45 a.m. departures to Denver.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1

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