SkyWest Airlines (Delta Connection) (St. George) will start the Salt Lake City-Arcata/Eureka, CA route on June 5. It will be operated for Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) with Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets.
This is one reason why I think regional jets are one of the best things to happen to the airline industry in the past several years.
For as far back as I can tell by looking at old airline timetables and Official Airline Guides as far back as the 1940’s, the only way go get out of Eureka was to go north or south. Now, with this option, there is a third, more logical way: go east.
With the relatively low passenger counts out of Eureka, this would not be possible with larger jets such as the 737 and A319. Regional jets, in my oh-so-humble-and-quite-often-not-wrong-when-it-comes-to-commercial-aviation opinion, has created the opportunities for new routes.
Same thing for a city I use to live in: Yuma, Arizona. For decades, the way to get out of town was to go to Phoenix or Los Angeles. There was occasionally commuter airlines such as Apache that would take you nonstop to Tucson but that didn’t happen to often.
Just a few days ago, I found out that Yumans now have the opportunity to connect in SLC rather than LAX or PHX.
On several lists I belong to there are people (seems to be almost a majority) that hate the regional jets. Me? I say bring 'em on. Let’s get more point-to-point service.