(Joplin, MO) – City of Joplin officials are pleased to announce that air service with SkyWest Airlines operated by United Express will continue to offer a dual hub service plan for Joplin throughout 2022.
The service will include a daily nonstop flight to Chicago in the morning with an evening nonstop return arrival. In addition, five days a week travelers can fly to and from Denver. This nonstop afternoon service is available Thursday through Monday.
Earlier this year SkyWest Airlines notified the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) that the airline intended to terminate United Express service at Joplin, Missouri and 28 other United Express communities. The decision was not driven by any failure in the USDOT’s Essential Air Service Program (EAS) or the communities. The ongoing national pilot shortage was noted, resulting in service cuts by all U.S. airlines.
Following this announcement, City management worked with SkyWest officials and their airline consultant Mike Mooney from Volaire Aviation Consulting and to determine a solution for Joplin area travelers reliant on air service.
“Air service is essential for our community, and drives economic growth and opportunities,” said Nick Edwards, City Manager. “We are pleased to say that Joplin residents can be confident in booking flights for the rest of 2022.”
Lynn Iliff Onstot, Public Information Officer
City of Joplin
417.624.0820, ext. 204