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SkyWest adding another roundtrip flight between SLO and LAX

A passenger enters the terminal at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.
A passenger enters the terminal at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

SkyWest Airlines announced Wednesday that it will add another roundtrip flight between San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles International Airport beginning Sept. 1.

It’s the second time this month the airline company, which operates locally as United Express, has announced an additional roundtrip flight. Two weeks ago, SkyWest announced it was adding a new flight between San Luis Obispo and San Francisco, also beginning Sept. 1.

By fall, United Express will operate four roundtrip flights to LAX and three to SFO.

US Airways also serves San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, operating three roundtrip flights between San Luis Obispo and Phoenix each day, expanding to four during the summer.

The newly announced flight will arrive in San Luis Obispo from LAX at 7:53 a.m. and depart at 8:23 a.m. to return to LAX, said County Airports Director Kevin Bumen.

The added flights means the San Luis Obispo airport will have more seat capacity, but it continues to offer fewer daily flights than it did before April, when SkyWest switched from 28-seat turboprop commuter planes to 50-seat jets.

At that time, six daily flights serving LAX and SFO were dropped and the number of available seats was reduced by about 8 percent. With the flights scheduled to start in September, the airport will increase its daily seat capacity to about 552 seats, or 8.25 percent above the capacity before the switch to jets, Bumen said.

“This is certainly getting us back to the path we were on (before April) with incremental growth and increased service to the hubs,” Bumen said.

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