United Airlines will offer nonstop service between Denver and Sun Valley this summer, and those involved in securing the service say they hope it will continue next winter.
The new route, which will add 5,500 additional seats into Sun Valley for the summer, was announced Monday by Fly Sun Valley Alliance, the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority and Sun Valley Resort, which worked in partnership to secure the new flights. The route will be supported by a U.S. Department of Transportation Small Communities Air Service Development Program Grant for $500,000, awarded to the airport last fall.
The United Express flights will run from July 2 through Sept. 23, 2014, and be operated by SkyWest Airlines using CRJ 700 regional jet aircraft with 70 seats—six in first class and 64 in economy, including 16 extra-legroom seats. The flight will run daily from July 2 to Aug. 25 and five times per week from Aug. 26 to Sept. 23.
The three local partners stated that they are working with United to add winter service for the Denver-Sun Valley route, and hope to confirm a contract by late spring for next winter.
A press release states that the flight schedule has been structured to take full advantage of connections from all major eastern markets:
- Departs DEN at 7:15 p.m., arrives SUN at 9:03 p.m.
- Departs SUN at 7:30 a.m., arrives DEN at 9:11 a.m.
This new nonstop route to Sun Valley will allow additional connectivity to eastern U.S. cities and other destinations in United’s global route network
Vic Kerckhoff, United’s director of leisure sales
“We are pleased to be expanding our service to the Sun Valley market and look forward to a long-term successful partnership.”
The new flights can be booked on www.united.com.