SkyWest ends independent Las Vegas and Portland flying

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Utah-based regional carrier SkyWest Airlines will end its independent operations from Las Vegas McCarran International and Portland International airports in September.

The airline will discontinue service between Las Vegas and Fresno and Palm Springs, and between Portland and Eugene, Redmond and Seattle on 2 September, it confirms. All five routes are served using 30-passenger Embraer 120 Brasilia aircraft.

The routes are operated under the United Express banner but independent of SkyWest’s capacity purchase agreement with the Chicago-based mainline carrier.

SkyWest cites “under performance” of the markets for its decision to end the routes, it says.

The regional carrier has yet to determine where it will place the EMB-120 aircraft once the routes are discontinued, it adds.

Allegiant Air flies the Las Vegas-Fresno route and Alaska Airlines flies the Portland-Eugene, Portland-Redmond and Portland-Seattle routes, Innovata schedules show. No other airlines fly between Las Vegas and Palm Springs.

Delta Air Lines will begin service four-times daily service between Portland and Seattle on 2 September.