SkyWest Airlines has announced the start of its seasonal Delta Connection service into West Yellowstone Airport.
Starting May 26, passengers will be able to take a direct jet flight from Salt Lake City to West Yellowstone, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.
Indeed, it’s a change of pace from last year, when the service was first announced. In 2015, flights began June 1, ending a nearly 30-year period without jet service at Yellowstone Airport. From West Yellowstone News:
“I was pleasantly surprised when I got the call this winter saying that SkyWest was interested in expanding their service into May for the first time since they have been flying here,” Airport Manager Jeff Kadlec said. “It’s an exciting thing for all of us here at the airport and for the community as well.”
The West Yellowstone Airport resumed jet service for the first time in many years in 2015, a change that helped bring in 2,168 more travelers than the airport saw in 2014, a 38 percent increase.
This season, SkyWest will be adding an additional one flight per day from May 26-31 before resuming its usual summer schedule June 1.
The airline will also be adding an additional flight on Wednesdays for eight weeks this summer, bringing the total number of new flights to West Yellowstone to 13 this season.
“I think this expansion shows that SkyWest is really wanting to invest here in West Yellowstone,” Kadlec said. “This is the most convenient way to travel to Yellowstone as we are located only two miles from the West Gate of the park.”
Each of the jet flights from Salt Lake City to West Yellowstone will be onboard the 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ200). There will be two daily flights Thursday through Monday and one daily flight on Tuesday and Wednesday, with an additional flight on Wednesday during the peak of the summer season. Each flight is timed to ensure passengers are able to easily connect from Salt Lake City to hundreds of destinations around the world through Delta’s global network.
WYN added that you can start booking your flight to West Yellowstone immediately through Delta.com.