TWIN FALLS — Travelers to and from Twin Falls will soon have another flight option to give them easy access to more connecting flights.
The city announced Wednesday that the Joslin Field — Magic Valley Regional Airport will have a fourth weekday and a third Saturday Delta Connection flight from Twin Falls to Salt Lake City beginning March 1.
The new schedule will have flights to SLC departing at 6:30 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 3:05 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday flights will depart 6:30 a.m., 12:20 p.m. and 3:05 p.m.
Each flight should arrive in Salt Lake City roughly an hour after departure, Airport Manager Bill Carberry said. The new 3:05 p.m. flight will help travelers catch about 35 connections that leave SLC around 5 p.m., he said.
“The additional flights add more convenience by giving passengers — specifically business travelers and families — greater flexibility with connecting flights,” Carberry said in a statement. “We greatly appreciate SkyWest’s commitment to our region and the expanded service to our growing market.”
SkyWest Airlines operates flights from Twin Falls. The expanded flight times can be booked beginning Sunday at delta.com.
The new schedule also means an additional returning flight to Twin Falls from Monday through Saturday. And it brings more capacity to Twin Falls — and, community leaders hope, more economic vitality to the aviation-supported businesses.
“Flights have been averaging about 75-80 percent full,” Carberry said. “Particularly the morning flights are very heavy.”
Most Twin Falls travelers continue their travel beyond SLC, he said.
“With small markets like ours, it’s very difficult and very competitive to get more service,” he said.
SkyWest will continue to use a 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet to transport passengers.