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(The following is a press release from RREDC with an added quote from 4th District Humboldt County Supervisor and Chairwoman Virginia Bass)
United Airlines, the Humboldt County Department of Aviation, and Fly Humboldt announced today that United Airlines will resume its nonstop service from Humboldt County (ACV) to Denver International Airport (DEN) starting June 3, 2021. The service, started in June 2019, was suspended on April 1, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are really excited for the return of direct air service to Denver International Airport,” said 4th District Humboldt County Supervisor and Chairwoman Virginia Bass. “All of this additional service is coming at the right time for summer, and as more vaccine is getting rolled out. These are all big pluses for the community and will provide a much-needed boost for the local economy allowing tourism to take off this year.”
United will provide the service with a 70-seat regional jet and will start with one flight per day as follows:
Depart ACV - 12:41 p.m.
Arrive DEN - 4:46 p.m.
Depart DEN - 11:21 a.m.
Arrive ACV - 1:28 p.m.
“This is great news for Humboldt County and the Redwood Coast,” said Cody Roggatz, Director of the Humboldt County Department of Aviation. “This flight performed very well for us in the past. We know that resuming this service will play an important role in our community’s economic recovery and improve connectivity for our passengers looking to reach the Midwest, East Coast, and beyond in United’s Global Network.”
“I want to thank United Airlines for their continued confidence and investment in our community,” said Gregg Foster, Executive Director of the Redwood Region Economic Development Commission. “It’s been a tough year and we look forward to working with United and the community to resume this popular service.”
Recruiting and retaining air service has been a top focus of the Redwood Region Economic Development Commission (RREDC) since 2003. It was that year that RREDC joined with the City of Redding and the County of Humboldt to secure a direct flight to LAX. Since that time, it has been actively working to add more flights to more destinations out of the ACV Airport in McKinleyville, CA.
“We are pleased to be reconnected nonstop with Humboldt County,” said DEN CEO Kim Day. “Not only does this service offer another unique option for leisure travel, but these flights support the continued rebuilding of DEN’s domestic network.”
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About Fly Humboldt
In 2011, the Redwood Region Economic Development Commission joined with community members, businesses, and organizations to create “Fly Humboldt,” a collaborative effort to increase air service and support our local airport. Since that time, Fly Humboldt has played a critical role in recruiting air service to a variety of destinations. For more information, visit flyhumboldt.org, follow @flyhumboldt on Twitter and Instagram or connect on Facebook.