United Airlines adding to its SLO service

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport is adding a fifth United Airlines flight to its schedule.

SkyWest Airlines, United’s regional partner, will operate the flight between San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles International Airport, officials said. The plane, a 30-seat Embraer 120 turboprop, will arrive at 11:29 p.m., remain at the airport overnight and depart at 5:59 a.m. each day. The new schedule began Tuesday night.

“It’s great that United recognizes the potential of our local market, and we believe this is another encouraging step in recovering from the capacity cuts in 2008,” said Richard Howell, general manager of the airport.

The region lost about 37 percent of it departing airline seats when American Airlines and Delta Airlines left the market and US Airways cut back services to its hub in Las Vegas. The cuts were the result of a weak economy and high oil prices in 2008.

— Julie Lynem