Anyone who ever flew on SkyWest Airlines 9 or 15-passenger planes into or out of our community – back in the day – will remember the thrill of take off or landing on the narrow bluff overlooking downtown St. George as a not-to-be-forgotten white-knuckled experience. Today, St. George Airport, located on 1200 acres of southern Utah’s famous red desert, is a modern top-of-the-line facility with a 9,300-foot runway (expandable to 11,500 feet) capable of accommodating incoming and outgoing flights of regional jet aircraft, 737’s and Airbus 319’s.
The feeder airline headquartered here in St. George, flies as SkyWest Airlines in a partnership with Alaska Airlines, as United Express on behalf of United Airlines, as American Eagle on behalf of American Airlines, and as Delta Connection on behalf of Delta Air Lines flies to 43 states, Washington DC, six Canadian provinces and 11 cities in Mexico and to the Bahamas.
SkyWest Airlines currently employs about 10,800 people in communities throughout North America and averages 1817 departures a day, carrying approximately 27.9 million passengers in 2014.
SkyWest’s CEO Jerry Atkin is a tall, handsome, soft-spoken and polite, unassuming family man and local resident whose ancestors came to southern Utah in a covered wagon. Today he oversees the management of the nation’s 9th largest regional airline, a job he has held since 1972, when recruited by family members who knew he “was too broke and too stupid to know I couldn’t succeed.”
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