Connecting the Rockies to the Redwoods

 

It was exciting to see the official launch of Unite Airlines’ daily non-stop passenger service between Humboldt County’s Arcata-Eureka Airport (ACV), in Mckinleyville (just 10 miles north of Eureka), and Denver International Airport (DEN). The route began June 6 and it further expands access to the entire North Coast region, offering convenient access to and from a major airport hub.

“United is excited to connect the Rocky Mountain region to the Redwood Coast, with our new daily service between Denver and Humboldt County,” said Janet Lamkin, United’s President of California. “We are committed to connecting our California customers to all the places they want to go, while bringing the world to California.”

Greeting for the first United flight from Denver to Humboldt County

The greeting party was out for the first United flight from Denver to Humboldt County, on June 6.

United will provide the service with a 50-seat CRJ regional jet, with one flight per day as follows:

Depart ACV 7:27 am
Arrive DEN 10:10 am
Depart DEN 7:05 am
Arrive ACV 9:09 pm

“This is great news for Humboldt County,” said County Supervisor Virginia Bass. “I appreciate the broad support we have received from our community. I know this new partnership between the County of Humboldt, Redwood Region Economic Development Commission, United Airlines, and Denver International Airport will be successful.”

“Service to Humboldt County is a welcome addition to Denver’s growing domestic route network,” said DEN CFO Gisela Shanahan. “United’s new flights will not only provide visitors between our regions a more convenient option for travel, but Humboldt County-originating passengers will now have the opportunity to connect to more than 200 destinations worldwide through the DEN hub.”

There’s no question that this service will compliment other routes, such as that coming from Los Angeles and Sacramento.

“We are excited about this new service and look forward to working with United and SkyWest Airlines to ensure its success,” said Humboldt County Director of Aviation, Cody Roggatz. “We’ve got a great airport and we are working hard to support the air travel needs of our community’s businesses, visitors, and citizens.”

This not only expands Humboldt County’s ability to provide its residents with expanded service out of the region, but it also opens up the North Coast to increased visitations from further east.

“We are thrilled to welcome visitors from Denver to Humboldt County,” said Julie Benbow, Interim Executive Director of the Humboldt County Visitors Bureau. “The addition of this service can have a very positive impact on bringing tourism and business here, both vital aspects for the County’s economic growth.”

Recruiting and retaining air service has been a top focus of the Redwood Region Economic Development Commission (RREDC) since 2003. In 2011, RREDC joined with community members, businesses, and organizations to create “Fly Humboldt,” a collaborative effort to increase air service and support our local airport.

The service not only impacts Humboldt County, but opens up the entire North Coast region to more visitors.

“It’s a great addition to our regional offerings,” said Richard Strom, Executive Director of the North Coast Tourism Council. “It helps improve the entire North Coast’s standing as a viable international destination.”