Delta promoting fall flights

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Delta Airlines is promoting a limited number of introductory fares that will allow travelers from the Yampa Valley to fly to West Coast cities via Salt Lake City for about $300 this fall.

Routt County used a federal grant to attract daily jet service between Yampa Valley Regional Airport and Salt Lake City. The service, which begins Sept. 9, augments four daily turboprop flights to Denver on United Express.

The Delta Connection service is on a 70-passenger CRJ 700 plane operated by SkyWest. The 71-minute Salt Lake City flight is scheduled to arrive at YVRA at 12:21 p.m. daily. Flight 4813 turns around for Salt Lake City at 1:10 p.m., with arrival at 2:22 p.m.

From Salt Lake City, passengers can make connections to more than 80 cities.

The service continues until Dec. 16, when Delta begins serving YVRA daily with a Boeing 737.

SkyWest also flies to Denver, Grand Junction and Colorado Springs from Salt Lake City. Other mountain resort towns it serves from the Salt Lake City hub include Sun Valley, Idaho, Jackson, Wyo., Cody, Wyo., and West Yellowstone, Mont.

SkyWest announced in June it would increase the number of daily departures from Salt Lake City to Sun Valley to 10. It also increased daily departures to Cody (an east Yellowstone gateway) to four.

Delta Connection's advertised roundtrip introductory

fares from YVRA start at $298 for cities including Santa Barbara, San Jose, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Orange County, Los Angeles, Ontario, and Oakland, all in California. A limited number of similar fares are available for cities in Oregon and Washington as well as Reno, Nev., and Las Vegas.

Travelers destined for cities east of Colorado, such as Atlanta may find a roundtrip for as low as $358. Flying to Newark, N.J., will cost as little as $380, and flying to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will cost as little as $386.

Fare quotes can be found at Steamboat Central Reservations (www.steamboat.com) and www.delta.com.

-- To reach Tom Ross call 871-4205

or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

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