Butte losing daily flights to Denver — at least for now

MIKE SMITH

Butte will be losing its daily commercial flights to and from Denver in late June — at least temporarily.

SkyWest Airlines notified officials at Bert Mooney Airport in Butte that its daily United Express flights to and from Denver will be temporarily suspended after June 30 due to an ongoing pilot shortage. The move comes only six months after the flights began.

Bert Mooney Airport Manager Pam Chamberlin told The Montana Standard on Wednesday airport officials “feel confident” the flights will resume at some point but could not say when that might occur.

The daily SkyWest flights from Butte to Salt Lake City operated through Delta Airlines are not affected, she said.

SkyWest had already cut its Saturday and Sunday flights to Denver through United Airlines in early March due to the pilot shortage, but now flights on other days of the week will be suspended.

“The reduction is a result of the ongoing pilot shortage that has affected regional airlines across the United States, which has been worsened by COVID,” Bert Mooney Airport said in a statement also released Wednesday.

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