PenAir reducing weekday Scottsbluff-Denver flights to improve daily operations

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - The air carrier providing service between Scottsbluff and Denver is reducing the number of daily weekday flights between the communities starting June 1.

According to a news release, PenAir will be returning to two daily round-trip flights in an effort to improve daily operations and schedules. The move comes nearly six months after the airline expanded daily trips between Scottsbluff and Denver to three Mondays through Fridays.

The new flight schedule will have flights departing Denver at 8:00 a.m. and 4:25 p.m., with return flights out of Scottsbluff leaving at 9:25 a.m. and 5:50 p.m. As with the previous schedule, the change will allow PenAir to keep aircraft overnight in Denver for maintenance.

The airline has continued to have a number of flight cancellations over the past several months. Airport officials in Scottsbluff told NBC Nebraska earlier this month that the airline is confronting the same pilot shortage issue that faced it's predecessor, Great Lakes Airlines.