Friday, April 04, 2014

SkyWest to end flights out of Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport (KLMT) June 5

Flights out of Klamath Falls to Portland and San Francisco are set to end in early June.

Airport officials were notified April 4 by SkyWest Airlines, who provides United Express service at the Crater Lake – Klamath Regional Airport, that they will stop service on June 5. SkyWest has provided air service to the community since July 2008 and currently provides daily service to and from Portland and San Francisco, according to a press release.

Small communities like Klamath Falls have faced increasing challenges to maintain air service as a result of the economic recession and more stringent federal rules governing crew scheduling that has made it difficult for airlines to maintain profitability in small markets, according to the release from the airport.

John Longley, airport director, expressed his appreciation in the release to the Air Service Partnership for the concerted effort to maintain Klamath Falls United Express service.

“Along with other small communities, we learned of the cancellations today. Our intention is to seek other service for Klamath Falls,” Longley said.

Customers with reservations for flights to or from the Crater Lake – Klamath Regional Airport after June 5 will be contacted by United/United Express to be rescheduled.