New Sun Valley Air Service Will Offer Direct Link to San Francisco

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While officials at Hailey's Friedman Memorial Airport continue to debate runway alternatives to the airport, new air service was announced Aug. 23 connecting the Wood River Valley to San Francisco with direct flights.

Beginning Thursday, Dec. 12, United Airlines will operate a CRJ 700 jet, to link Sun Valley with United's San Francisco hub. The daily flight will operate during the height of Sun Valley's ski season—December through March—and resume during the summer peak, July through September.

The flight will depart San Francisco at 10:40 a.m. (Pacific Time) each day and arrive in Sun Valley at 1:22 p.m. and a return flight will depart Sun Valley at 1:57 p.m., arriving in San Francisco at 2:54. (Pacific Time).

Meanwhile, Friedman Memorial Airport has been put on notice from the U.S. government that it must bring its runway safety into new compliance standards by the end of 2015. However, the airport is located within too confined a space to fully meet the standards.

A temporary fix, proposed by airport planners and presented to the Federal Aviation Administration, would relocate some of the airport's taxiways and hangars.