POCATELLO — Commercial passenger flights will continue at Pocatello Regional Airport, as Delta Air Lines was declined permission from the U.S. Department of Transportation to suspend service in Pocatello, according to the airport’s press release on Wednesday.
The Pocatello Regional Airport had issued a letter to the Department of Transportation opposing Delta’s request and learned the airline’s request was denied last week.
Delta is the only airline that has commercial passenger flights at Pocatello Regional Airport and had petitioned the U.S. Department of Transportation in late April to suspend service in nine airports, including the Gate City airport, as airline travel has significantly decreased amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Commercial air service to and from East Idaho is our top priority and we look forward to continuing to welcome anyone who needs to travel,” said Pocatello Regional Airport Manager Alan Evans in a press release. “Airport staff is working diligently to clean and sanitize the terminal and measures have been put in place by the airline and Transportation Security Administration to ensure passenger safety.”
Last month, Evans said the airport would lose money in monthly rental revenue and landing and fuel fees from the loss of Delta’s flights, but he declined to come up with a dollar figure.
Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad issued a statement saying he was happy that commercial passenger travel will continue at the Pocatello airport.
“We were very pleased to hear the news that air service will continue from Pocatello Regional Airport during this time,” Blad said. “Our airport provides service to a great number of citizens and businesses traveling across the country and around the world. We also want to thank Sen. Mike Crapo, Sen. Jim Risch, and Congressman Mike Simpson for their efforts on our behalf.”
Flight schedules and airplane capacity have still been limited due to the pandemic according to the airport’s press release, which recommends contacting Delta Air Lines or the airport administration staff at 208-234-6154 if you have any questions.