Adding a second United Airlines flight to Denver has brought about an increase of 110% in outbound passengers at Helena Regional Airport since it started in June, an airport official said.
“They did very well,” said Director Jeff Wadekamper about the return of United’s afternoon flight to Denver.
He said 2,676 United Airlines passengers took the outbound flights in June, with the aircraft flying at a 70% load factor. He said it was a 110% increase in passengers from June 2022, when there was one United flight to the Mile High City.
During that month there were 1,273 passengers to Denver.
Wadekamper said it was also a 15% increase in passengers from June 2019, when United last had two flights a day out of Helena prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was a good success and we are happy it’s doing well,” Wadekamper said.
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He said United started the second flight offering a 76-seat aircraft and then moved down to 50-seat plane.
Wadekamper said it was not because of a lack of a passenger load, but was a matter of aircraft availability.
He said the morning flight departs about 7 a.m. and the afternoon