Sunday, November 23, 2014

New 50-seat jets coming to Pocatello Regional Airport (KPIH), Idaho

POCATELLO — Starting Jan. 1, Skywest Airlines will introduce new jets to its Delta Connection flights flying from Pocatello Regional Airport to Salt Lake City International Airport.

The new jet service will utilize the 50-passenger Canadair Regional Jet 200 (CRJ200), which will be replacing the existing 30-seat Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprop.

“They are quieter, more comfortable and people tend to prefer them,” David Allen, manager of Pocatello Regional Airport, said.

The new jets will depart at 7 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Allen says business demand might deem an additional flight be added on Sundays in the near-future.

“The times have been analyzed, and we find they provide the best connections with Delta flights and the lowest layover times,” he said.     

Allen said the 30-seat flights are usually at full- or near-capacity, a reflection of the 8 percent growth the airport has experienced annually since September 2012, compared to the national average of about 1.8 percent.

He said the airport’s biggest niche of customers flying to Salt Lake City are business travelers.

Customers may book their flights at or by calling 800-221-1212.

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