Skywest, as United Express, will stop flying between Los Angeles and Yuma

Skywest Airlines will cease flying between Los Angeles and Yuma. Photo: Taurus Photographix on Flickr

Skywest Airlines will cease flying between Los Angeles and Yuma. Photo: Taurus Photographix on Flickr

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. 

In the spring, Skywest announced similar cutbacks on some Pacific Northwest routes.