This summer, flying from Idaho Falls to Denver won't require a plane change or layover in Salt Lake City or any other airport.
Idaho Falls Regional Airport officials announced Thursday that as of June 8, United Airlines will partner with Skywest to offer direct flights from here to Denver twice a day.
Airport Director Mike Humberd said demand for the direct flights has been high, mostly because one of Idaho National Laboratory's contractors has several offices in Denver.
Humberd has received a steady stream of inquiries about the new route.
""For the last four months, we've had constant calls,"" Humberd said.
The United deal was made possible with a $500,000 Small Community Air Service grant the airport received last year to get ready for another airline. Airport officials began talking with United seven years ago, but Humberd said landing the carrier became more viable once they received the grant.
United is the latest airline to add flights at the Idaho Falls airport. In November, Allegiant Air began offering direct flights to Las Vegas, and last summer, Northwest Pinnacle Airlink started running direct flights to Minneapolis.
Humberd said the goal is to provide as many services as possible, and the airport is always looking to add carriers.
""By adding another airline, it gives the public another option of places to go,"" he said.
For your information
The new United Airlines flights will leave Idaho Falls for Denver at 7:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Flights from Denver will arrive in Idaho Falls at 12:45 p.m. and 10 p.m.
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