St. George Municipal Airport Debuts in Utah

A $159-million airport opened this week in St. George, Utah, providing another way for visitors to access the southern part of the state. The St. George Municipal Airport (SGU) is nearly five times the size of the area's old airport, which was unable to support growing demand for travel to the area, according to a release from the state.

"Southern Utah is a popular destination for travelers from across the country and around the world, and we are thrilled to be able to enhance access to the region's treasures, such as Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and the historic city of St. George itself," said Leigh von deer Esch, managing director of the Utah Office of Tourism and Film. "In addition to providing hundreds of jobs during a tough economic climate, the airport is equipped to expand to meet future needs of the area."

The 1,203-acre airport will be able to accommodate regional jet aircraft, Boeing 737s and Airbus 319s. The airport will be served by SkyWest Airlines, connecting passengers via United Express, Delta Connection and AirTran. SGU is currently being served by Delta Connection, connecting hundreds of destinations by way of Delta's major western hub at Salt Lake International Airport (SLC). In March 2011, SGU will announce service from Los Angeles via United Express. The new airport will also be able to accommodate other carriers from additional destinations.



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