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Jet service returns to West for first time since 1978

Feature Story - Jet service returns to West for first time since 1978
Photo and article courtesy of Jeremy Weber/WYNews

Commercial jet service made a triumphant return to Yellowstone Airport this week as the first commercial jet since 1978 touched down in West Yellowstone shortly after noon Monday.

The model CRJ200 Delta Airlines connection flight, operated by SkyWest, from Salt Lake City made its landing on the airport’s western runway Monday as town officials, business leaders, and others looked on. The flight was welcomed with an archway of water from a pair of the airport’s fire engines.

"This is a great day for West Yellowstone and for the state of Montana. For the first time since 1978, we can hear the whine of the engines of a commercial jet here in West Yellowstone," Director of the Montana Department of Transportation, Mike Tooley said. “This new option for travelers will provide a 30 percent increase in the potential number of seats on the flights into this airport.”

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