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Changes Coming To Flights

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By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) There are changes coming to the Magic Valley Regional Airport in June.

Delta Connection, operated by SkyWest Airlines, will transition to a larger jet aircraft flying in and out of the airport.

Airport manager Bill Carberry says 60 thousand people use the Magic Valley Regional Airport each year.

Now they have access to a flight that some might feel is more comfortable and current.

"We've had turbo prop service here for decades, really. It's our time; jets are coming to Twin Falls," Carberry says.

A larger, faster jet will make its way in and out of Twin Falls in the coming months.

For Twin Falls, this is about opportunity, to connect leisure and business travelers.

For SkyWest, it's strategy and keeping momentum through an ever-changing airline industry.

"It's one thing for them to look at their data and see the number of people getting on planes and fares, and it's another for us to tell that story of the vibrant economy that's happening here in south central Idaho and the importance again to both business travelers and leisure travelers to have that connectivity," explains Shawn Barigar, Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce.

The twice-daily service features a 50 passenger jet, compared to a 30 passenger plane.

"I think a lot of people are a little rattled by the turbo props. They don't like them, so we've heard from folks for years now that we'd like to have the jets, and here they come," Carberry points out.

Although it will diminish the frequency of flights, waiting times will be reduced for connecting flights in Salt Lake City.

"I think it will get you to Salt Lake about 10-15 minutes quicker, so it's a quick turn, and make connections around the country and around the globe," Carberry explains.

The new service will begin on June 5th.

But customers can already start booking flights through Delta.


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