TWIN FALLS – Skywest Airlines has announced that it will reduce service for the Delta flight from the Magic Valley Regional Airport to Salt Lake City and vice versa to once a day for the winter.
Part of the reasoning behind the schedule change is due to COVID and other peripheral factors.
“One is just a forecast of upcoming passenger demand in winter,” said Joshua Palmer, public information coordinator for the town of Twin. “The second is really just finances. So the airline industry has been hit hard. I mean, we’re talking about COVID and some of the quarantine efforts that have taken place. It has really affected airlines everywhere, especially in small markets like ours. ”
The morning flight is the one that is canceled, and while there is no real impact on Twin City, the airport, or the airport master plan update, it could potentially affect travelers requiring a connecting flight.
“That morning flight made it a lot easier to connect to those afternoon flights, which made a day trip for business or whatever, much easier,” Palmer said. “So that’s going to make it a bit more difficult.”
With the holidays approaching and flights limited to Salt Lake, authorities are encouraging travelers to book their flights in advance.
Despite the sudden change, officials are hopeful that the flight will eventually be restored. However, this largely depends on passenger demand after the winter season is over.
“When he tells them that we can add this theft, they will,” Palmer said. “We have had reductions in flight schedules in the past and they were added largely based on passenger demand.”
The schedule change is expected to take effect on Monday, November 1. For more information on the flight change, residents are encouraged to visit the city website.