SkyWest will add a sixth daily roundtrip flight from SLO to LA

Travelers enter the terminal at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.
Travelers enter the terminal at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport will soon host an additional flight to Los Angeles — bringing the total number of roundtrip flights to the City of Angels each day to six, starting Dec. 19.

SkyWest connects San Luis Obispo to the United Airlines hub in Los Angeles, using a 30-passenger, twin-turboprop Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia, which is manufactured in Brasil.

SkyWest already offers six daily flights to San Francisco from San Luis Obispo.

The airport also has three daily flights to Phoenix, operated by US Airways, Assistant General Manager Craig Piper said.

The airport had more than 131,000 passenger boardings in 2012, and flights are typically more than 80 percent full. “That’s really good. We’ve got a pretty high load factor,” Piper said.

SkyWest could not be reached for immediate comment Wednesday.

The addition comes at a time of momentum for the airport’s growth.

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors recently voted to move ahead with the design of a new $25 million passenger terminal at the airport. Funding for the design work will come from a combination of $521,404 in county money and a $1 million federal aviation grant.

Airport, business and tourism representatives are also traveling next week to meet with United Airlines officials about the possibility of establishing a daily flight to Denver, Piper said. Supervisors recently voted to allocate $212,500 in county funds to support a two-year revenue guarantee program intended to establish the Denver connection, possibly by summer 2014.