SkyWest and Great Lakes compete for Utah air service

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SkyWest Airlines and Great Lakes Aviation have submitted competing bids for the essential air service (EAS) contract for Vernal, Utah.

St. George, Utah-based SkyWest proposes to serve the city 12-times per week from Salt Lake City on a 30-seat Embraer EMB-120 turboprop with a $1.42 million annual subsidy through 2015, according to an application with the US Department of Transportation on 24 July. The service would be operated as Delta Connection.

Cheyenne, Wyoming-based Great Lakes proposes to serve Vernal with either two or three roundtrips per day from Denver on a 19-seat Beechcraft 1900D. The annual subsidy would be $1.17 million for the two flight option or $1.66 million for the three flight option.

The regional carrier codeshares with Frontier Airlines and United Airlines at Denver.

Great Lakes serves Vernal under an existing EAS contract. SkyWest served the city as Delta Connection until 2001.

Great Lakes is also seeking to renew its EAS contract for Moab, Utah. It proposes to serve the city with two roundtrips per day from Denver on a B1900D with an annual subsidy of $1.8 million.