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SkyWest Losing Fresno Contract

SkyWest Airlines has lost its ground baggage contract with United in Fresno resulting in the Utah-based firm sending a warning to employees they will lose their jobs by August 21. The company filed a state WARN notice in recent days. Fresno Airport spokesperson Vikkie Calderon says it is her understanding that the new baggage handler will be Delta Global Services who are already interviewing for employees at FAT.

A spokesperson for SkyWest confirmed the news adding that the company is working to find jobs for its current employees. Also,Skywest will continue to operate flights out of Fresno for United and Delta.

As of 2010,SkyWest employed over 11,000 people throughout North America.

Calderon says otherwise the airport is busy with Allegiant offering weekly service from Fresno to Hawaii and twice a week service beginning in November. Also, Alaska Airlines is now offering twice a day service to San Diego.

Through May FAT passengers totals are slightly ahead of last year.

LA Tourism Up This Summer

Los Angeles has a busy May with the average hotel occupancy rate in Los Angeles County at 77.3%, up by 2.7% from the previous year according to PKF Hospitality Research. Statistics from the LA Tourism board show hotel revenue up even more, with RevPAR up nearly 11% in May even with 1.3% fewer passengers through LAX. Long Beach airport passengers are up 12% year to date.

Helping to boost visitor interest this year is the $1 billion investment by Disney in their California Adventure theme park at Disneyland that was opened this summer. Last year Disneyland attracted over 16 million visitors and logged a 1% increase over 2010. California Adventure park attracted over 6 million,also a 1% increase.

Over spring break Disneyland reported an attendance record as all Disney parks in the US recorded a 7% increase for the latest quarter ending March 31.

Kern Sees More Air Passengers

Bakersfield’s Meadows Field passengers totaled a few hundred ahead of last year in May, higher for most of the calendar year.

Yosemite Travel Up In May

The NPS reports Yosemite saw a 7.1% increase in recreational visitors in May compared to the same month a year ago The number of buses increased 68%. Concessionaire lodging was 4.1%.

SLO Airport Travel Stalls

San Luis Obispo county airport saw a 11.3% decline in passengers in May compared to same month a year ago.

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