Travelers now have a new option for reaching Redding and Shasta County in Northern California from Los Angeles as United Airlines, operating under the United Express brand, has announced that it will begin flying between Redding Municipal Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. Starting March 8, 2019, United will begin flying its 50-seat Bombardier CRJ-200 regional jets between the NorCal and SoCal airports.
The approximately 90-minute service will operate once daily, leaving Los Angeles at 7:10 p.m. and arriving in Redding at 9:25 p.m. The regional jet will then stay at the airport overnight and leave for Los Angeles at 6:45 a.m. the following morning and arrive at 8:35 a.m.
“We are thrilled to announce new service to Redding and Los Angeles,” United Airlines’ California President Janet Lamkin said. “This new flight connects business and leisure travelers in Redding to our global network from Los Angeles, and will bring more travelers to Northern California.”
Redding travelers previously had service to Los Angeles, but it was terminated after Horizon Air, part of the Alaska Air Group, left the city in 2011. In its heyday, the airport was served by four different airlines offering service to San Francisco, San Jose, Eureka, Klamath Falls, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle. The longest and only running service that continues to operate is United’s non-stop service to San Francisco, which operates four times a day to United’s primary west coast hub and has existed since 1983.
The city of Redding has long advocated for resuming service to Los Angeles to help stimulate the city’s tourism and economy. According to surveys the city and its partners have taken, Los Angeles has been a prime choice for Redding travelers…