United Express will no longer fly between Yuma, Arizona and Los Angeles, according to a local newspaper story.
The Yuma Sun says the two daily departures will end in December, leaving the fine folks of Yuma with only one air route -- US Airways Express to Phoenix. The Los Angeles route has been operated by Skywest Airlines using 30-seat EMB-120 aircraft. According to Skywest's most recent annual report, the airline is in the process of retiring many of its EMB-120s, with plans to shrink the fleet to 11 over the next three years.
As Brett Snyder, or Cranky Flier, as he is better known, wrote in February, this is not a good time to be a tiny city with limited air service. Skywest and its competitors are no longer finding profits in places like Yuma, for a couple of main reasons. They are having trouble finding pilots to staff the flights, at least at lower wages. And the aircraft that fly the routes are increasingly obsolete.