United Airlines has added an afternoon flight from Helena Regional Airport to Denver. This is welcome news as the figures from January to May show a 2.7% dip in the number of passengers loading and unloading. Ron Mercer, the airport manager, said that the lower numbers were the result of longer wait times with only one round-trip flight to Denver by United Airlines, as they would rather run one flight at 80% capacity than two flights at a lower capacity.
In addition to the United flights, Delta Airlines has also increased its weekly service, with three weekly flights to Salt Lake City and one flight per week to Minneapolis-St. Paul. With these additional flights, Helena is now experiencing its normal level of summer service. There is also a new service from Helena to Billing, offered by Silver Airways, and thus far, they have seen enough passengers to make it profitable.
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