New Route of the Day – Americas (5 October 2021): United Airlines between Denver and Lewiston
Lewiston-Nez Perce County Airport (IATA code LWS) in western Idaho, welcomed a new, daily service with United on Tuesday 5 October. The inaugural service on the 1,240-kilometre route (flight number UA 5343 operated by a SkyWest CRJ 200, registration N933EV) departed Denver at 20:03 and touched down in Lewiston one hour and 49 minutes later at 20:52 local time. The return flight (UA 5478) departed Idaho at 05:49 the following morning and landed back in Colorado one hour and 51 minutes later at 08:40 local time according to flightradar24.com.
Salt Lake City is only other scheduled service from Lewiston
Lewiston’s only other scheduled service at present is a 2-daily operation by Delta on the 740-kilometre route to Salt Lake City. This is also operated by SkyWest on behalf of Delta using CRJs. According to Cirium Data and Analytics, Lewiston also used to be served by Alaska Airlines from nearby Pullman/Moscow until 2015, as well as Boise and Seattle-Tacoma until 2018. These routes were all operated by Horizon Air on behalf of Alaska Airlines using 76-seat Q400s.
Gateway to Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
Lewiston in Idaho lies at the confluence of Snake River and Clearwater River. To the west of Lewistown, on the other side of Snake River, is Clarkston in the state of Washington. The cities are named after Meriwether Lewis and William Clark who are best known for their expedition, commission by President Thomas Jefferson, between August 1803 and September 1806 after the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Their journey from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean passed through this part of Idaho. The city is the gateway to the nearby Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. To see how the Lewiston Airport promotes the region click on the video at the airport’s news story from June announcing the arrival of United’s Denver service.