The St. George Spectrum announced that a direct flight from St. George, Utah to Los Angeles, California may be coming this fall. The article published on June 7, 2017, talks about how St. George and Washington City officials just agreed to “split the costs on an interlocal agreement promising to cover up to $450,000 in startup-cost losses if SkyWest Airlines gives the new destination at try.” St. George Mayor Jon Pike was quoted in the article saying “We think that’s a good, responsible use of funds.”
Thea article goes on to tell about how a similar move in Phoenix last year helped attract a new flight to that area. The government funds in the Phoenix agreement helped “mitigate the risk for the airline.”
Right now several major airlines fly in and out of St. George Regional Airport and you can fly directly south to Phoenix, east to Denver and north to Salt Lake City. A flight going south would “give St. George filers a chance to depart to all four marks on the compass” according to the article. L.A. would definitely open up the world to St. George, Utah, with departures out of Los Angeles pretty much going anywhere in the world.
Under the new signed agreement, SkyWest would need to start the flight by September 6, 2017, and would commit to flying at least one daily round-trip flight with a 50-passenger plane. The article states that “Profits and losses would be evaluated every quarter, with the subsidy agreement running through February of 2019.”
The Spectrum article talks about how “Population growth, increasing tourism and a strengthening economy have helped fuel a surge in travel demands out of the St. George Regional Airport, which initially saw few travelers when it first opened in January of 2011.” But according to the Federal Aviation Administration, there was a 17 percent increase each year in passengers at the airport. “The number was nearly double the numbers counted in 2010.”