Passenger numbers skyrocketing at Pocatello airport

A SkyWest Delta Connection jet service flight arrives at Pocatello Regional Airport.

Demand for Saturday flights out of the Gate City has caused the Pocatello Regional Airport to trim its Saturday schedule.

Starting Jan. 1, Skywest Airlines, serving as the Delta Connection to Salt Lake City, will offer a single arrival and departure on Saturdays. The new schedule will not impact the twice-daily flights on Sunday or three flights on weekdays.

“Saturday is our slowest day in terms of the number of travelers coming to or leaving Pocatello,” said David Allen, airport manager. “We understand that the change will be inconvenient for some, but right now, the overall demand for the flight is not there. If the demand were to increase, the flight could return.”

While Saturday flights are historically slow, Allen said the airport continues to see increased demand on weekdays. This past spring, SkyWest began offering a third weekday flight in Pocatello, and passenger numbers are up 38 percent year to date and up 45 percent compared to the same period since the flight began in March.

“Travelers are obviously recognizing the benefits in flying to and from Pocatello,” Allen said. “We know we’re not always going to be the best option, but check the fares and calculate all the other costs of using another airport. … You might find you’ll be better off flying from Pocatello.”