United ends nonstop service between Rochester and Denver

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United Airlines is discontinuing non-stop service between Rochester and Denver airports effective October 30.

United had offered daily flights between the two cities since last fall through a partnership with SkyWest Airlines.

“This is very difficult news for our community,” said John Reed, executive director of Rochester International Airport. “We share the disappointment at the loss of this road. The continuing effects of the pandemic continue to impact the airline industry and airlines are making decisions to end flights in communities across the country. “

In a statement, a spokesperson for Skywest said the decision to discontinue the service was “due to a long-term sustainable lack of demand.”

They said customers who booked a flight between the two cities beyond October 30 will be contacted to make alternative arrangements.

With the end of flights from Denver, United will no longer have a presence in the Rochester market. This month, the airline also halted RST service at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.

The connection to Denver was made possible after RST received a $ 750,000 grant in 2020 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to recruit new non-stop service to a western hub.

Going forward, the airport will continue to be served by American Airlines, with service to Chicago; Delta Air Lines, with service to Minneapolis and Atlanta (the latter resuming in November). Minnesota-based Sun Country Airlines also announced plans to add RST flights to Phoenix and Fort Meyers, Florida, starting in February 2022.

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