Vernal to Salt Lake flights coming?

bbloom@cherryroad.com

Airline passengers that wish to utilize the Vernal Regional Airport may soon be able to add Salt Lake as a destination if Sky West is once again awarded a contract from the federal government.
Airport Manager Ken Campbell informed the commission that Sky West has once again applied to service Vernal through a federal Essential Air Service contract. That contract is designed to offset losses so smaller airfields such as Vernal, Moab and others can continue to service their local passengers.
According to Campbell, if Sky West is awarded the contract, Vernal would continue to offer 12 flights per week with some designated to United going to Denver and others to Delta servicing Salt Lake.
While the government has not yet awarded the contract, Campbell anticipated flights could begin as soon as this summer.
The nearly 2 ½-hour Jan. 23 commission meeting primarily centered on changing language in a number of ordinances and discussing returning employee benefits to prior guidelines. Those benefits include employees getting paid full benefits for any hours accrued after reaching their 600-hour career maximum in unused paid time off and bereavement benefits for newly-hired employees.
The commission also learned of a number of grants, including a $10,618 Library Clef Grant, $9,000 for the sheriff’s department to continue to monitor forest lands, and $62,455 from Utah State University for officer and officer’s family’s mental health.