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United Airlines upgrades Fresno flights to Denver, relaunches Chicago route

One of the most popular domestic routes out of Fresno-Yosemite International Airport is getting an upgrade from United Airlines.

Fresno airport officials announced Thursday that United is introducing a daily mainline service flight between Fresno and Denver.

The new service, which boosts passenger capacity to 126 via a larger Airbus A319 aircraft, is operated by United Airlines itself.

Fresno continues to have two additional United-branded daily flights to the Mile-High City that are managed by regional carrier SkyWest Airlines.

The increased flight capacity, and direct management by United, is a sign of Fresno-Yosemite’s continued traffic growth, Fresno airports director Kevin Meikle said.

“We appreciate United Airlines for being a committed airline partner and for growing capacity in the Fresno market by introducing mainline service and returning popular destinations sought by Valley travelers,” said Meikle. “As air travel continues to increase nationwide, United’s investment positions Fresno Yosemite International Airport and the Central Valley on a forward path with expanded flight and destination options.”

For United, Fresno’s proximity to three high-demand National Parks has proven to be a key asset for travelers nationwide.

“Throughout the pandemic, National Park destinations – like Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia – have remained consistently popular with our customers who are looking for somewhere they can get outdoors and practice social distancing, and we’re expecting that trend to continue into the summer,” said United’s Domestic Regional Line Stations managing director Jean Massey.

Beyond expanding capacity to Fresno’s route to Denver, United is also relaunching its once-a-day flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, with its first flight departing Thursday morning.

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at alex.tavlian@sjvsun.com.