United to Fly Humboldt’s Friendly Skies Nonstop to Los Angeles

Fly HumboldtPress release from Redwood Region Economic Development Commission:

United Airlines and Redwood Region Economic Development Commission announced today that United will begin nonstop service from Humboldt County (ACV) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) starting June 7, 2018.

“United serves more destinations within California than any other airline and we are proud to announce Los Angeles to Eureka as our 24th route within the state,” said Jake Cefolia, United’s vice president of Sales. “Customers traveling between the Northern California Coast and our hub in Los Angeles will have more opportunities to connect to multiple flights on United’s domestic and international route network.”

United will provide the service with a 50-seat CRJ regional jet and will start with one flight per day as follows:
Depart LAX – 8:05a.m.
Arrive ACV – 9:55a.m.

Depart ACV – 10:25a.m.
Arrive LAX – 12:15p.m.

“A direct flight to Southern California has been a top priority for our air service recruitment efforts,” said Humboldt County Aviation Program Coordinator Emily Jacobs. “Market research has shown that demand for this service from our community is strong. Our previous service to LAX was very popular with tourists and businesspeople.”

Humboldt County had service to LAX from 2005 to 2011 provided by a different carrier.

“The LAX connection is one that we’ve been working to get for many years. I want to thank United Airlines for their investment in our community,” said Supervisor Virginia Bass. “I know that that direct service to LAX the create new opportunities to increase business and tourist travel.”

“On behalf of the Humboldt County tourism industry we are thrilled to reconnect with Los Angeles through United Airlines,” said Tony Smithers, Executive Director of the Eureka-Humboldt Visitors Bureau. “We look forward to growing our market in Southern California, particularly as an additional gateway for the Pacific Rim.”

Recruiting and retaining air service has been a top focus of the Redwood Region Economic Development Commission (RREDC) since 2003. It was that year that RREDC joined with the City of Redding and the County of Humboldt to secure a direct flight to LAX. In 2011, RREDC joined with community members, businesses, and organizations to create “Fly Humboldt,” a collaborative effort to increase air service and support our local airport.

“Passenger air service is a dynamic and challenging business. There are literally hundreds of airports competing for the business of less than 10 airlines,” said Gregg Foster, Executive Director of RREDC. “Many small airports have lost air service altogether. We’re fortunate to have the support of our community and United Airlines.”

In addition to supporting tourism, many larger employers have stated that connecting to Southern California will help them attract talent and access markets.

“We are actively toasting the announcement of the new ACV to LAX flight! More flights in and out of our community allow our families to gather, businesses to remain successful, and our community to thrive,” said Mary Keehn, Founder of Cypress Grove Chevre. “This success is the result of many businesses, institutions, and individuals coming together to make this happen. Our thanks to all for the great rallying of support and to United for their continued commitment to the community.”

For more information, go to www.flyhumboldt.org or www.newsroom.united.com.

  • Laytonville Rock


  • The unfriendly skys

    Can I get off in SFO or Sacramento?

    • Only if you bail out of the plane. They are saying non-stop. Maybe they’ll add a stop down the road.

    • Did you bother reading the article? You can “get off” at your leisure in sfo or sac whenever you’re in town if you try hard enough, but this particular flight is nonstop to LA.

  • Humboldt State student generated business?

  • Cost? Likely still much cheaper to drive and stay in four star hotels.

  • What will the cost be???

    • Round trip $491–

      UPDATE: That number is incorrect. With some prompting from RREDC, I realized that I had given a price based on a flight now with a stop in SF.

      Using Kayak, you can get a price range based on departure date and return date for a roundtrip ticket. If you leave on June 7 and return on June 9, the price is $394
      Later in June, the prices seem to rise slightly (depending again on dates) with prices running between $414 and $464 on the dates I looked at.

  • Yes, this is good!

    I ask, is the county still needing to front $2 million to keep this going?

    This money was being raised to bring other airlines into the county for a few individuals.

    • United gets a minimum revenue guarantee of up to $505K. The contract is written so they are sure to claim it all. They will stay at least 1 year. The headwaters fund is on the hook for up to 250K, probably more like 170K or so. Somehow I don’t feel that giving a quarter mil to United Air was the sort of community support envisioned at the creation of the fund.

  • Guess I’ll still be flying out of Santa Rosa for $150 – $200 round trip!!! So Sad!

    • Me too!! Much better deal.

      • Yep Santa Rosa is still cheaper even with cost of gas to drive. Medford is pretty good too.

        Plus LAX is a nightmare to drive into and out of. Especially since theyre doing more construction. One of the worst airports in the world. It’ll take an extra hour just to get to the freeway from the airport.

        Santa Rosa to orange county airport is the way to go.
        Still hoping Alaska air comes back here, they are leaps and bounds above united in many ways, especially customer service and prices.

      • Last year, a friend took a flight from Orange Co to Crescent City. It think it was around $159 one way. Much cheaper than flying into Arcata. Don’t know if that still exists, but in and out of Humboldt is always way expensive.

  • Every flight out of ACV is priced very high. Ex) ACV-EWR (Newark, NJ) is $615 RT if you get it right…SFO-EWR is $270 RT if you get it right. I wonder how this will play out as the money leaves this area…We are isolated up here.

  • flight 370 the cannibis express, we fly high!

  • Guest, what about the prison up north in Crescent City. Is it also for prisoners from L. A. to fly home or have family visit them?

  • Great.

    But what many of us still need is a nonstop flight to Portland.

    How about it United?

  • It used to be 200 bucks rt. After that it was cheaper to drive and get a hotel or motel at the airport if one was destined to go other places.

  • So we will be seeing new chemtrails in the skies???

  • United gets a minimum revenue guarantee of up to $505K. The contract is written so they are sure to claim it all. They will stay at least 1 year. The headwaters fund is on the hook for up to 250K, probably more like 170K or so. Somehow I don’t feel that giving a quarter mil to United Air was the sort of community support envisioned at the creation of the fund. I wish people would pay the true cost of what they want instead of being subsidized the rest of us.

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