After Southwest Airlines launched in Fresno last month, the city’s director of aviation, Kevin Meikle, said that it would create healthy competition.
“As air travel continues to increase nationwide, United’s investment positions Fresno Yosemite International Airport and the Central Valley on a forward path with expanded flight and destination options.” — Kevin Meikle, director of aviation, city of Fresno
Fresno air travelers already are seeing the benefits of that competition.
On Thursday, United Airlines debuted a flight using the 126-seat Airbus A319 from Fresno to Denver.
The introduction of mainline service replaces one Denver flight previously operated with a regional jet. Regional jet service continues to operate two daily United flights between Fresno and Denver.
United Also Resumes Chicago Route
In addition, United resumed once-daily service between Fresno and Chicago O’Hare International Airport at 7:20 Thursday morning.
The route allows travelers from throughout the Valley to connect to other Midwest cities and Eastern destinations beyond Chicago.
“We appreciate United Airlines for being a committed airline partner and for growing capacity in the Fresno market by introducing mainline service and returning popular destinations sought by Valley travelers,” Meikle said in a news release.
“As air travel continues to increase nationwide, United’s investment positions Fresno Yosemite International Airport and the Central Valley on a forward path with expanded flight and destination options.”
United Adds 875 Seats Weekly in Fresno
With the bigger capacity on United’s Denver service and the resumption of its Chicago flights, the airline will add 125 seats per day into the Fresno market. That calculates to 875 seats per week.
United also operates daily nonstop flights between Fresno and Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Southwest’s arrival in Fresno, with flights to Denver and Las Vegas, provided connectivity to more than 50 airports, Meikle said.