The Wood River Valley is one step closer to seeing SkyWest jets landing at Friedman Memorial Airport. This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that an environmental assessment conducted by an aviation consulting firm indicates that there would be "no significant impact" if SkyWest swapped its turboprop planes for regional jets at the airport. The assessment is required for final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Embraer 120 turboprops hold 30 passengers while CRJ 700 regional jets carry 65. If SkyWest were to begin flying regional aircraft into Friedman, the report says flight frequency would drop from six daily flights in high season to three, but would add 220 seats annually.