United plans to fly larger aircraft to Durango

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United Airlines plans to operate up to 70-seat regional jets on its route between Los Angeles International airport and Durango, Mexico, from as early as June.

The Chicago-based Star Alliance carrier is seeking approval for its regional partner SkyWest Airlines to operate either 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s or up to 70-seat Bombardier CRJ700s on the route from the US Department of Transportation (DOT), according to a regulatory filing on 12 February.

The larger aircraft are needed to “meet increasing demand” on the route, says United.

ExpressJet Airlines operates flights on the route with 37-seat Embraer ERJ-135s currently, Innovata schedules show.

United plans to phase out the ERJ-135s operated by ExpressJet by the fourth quarter, its 23 January fleet plan shows.

No other airlines fly between Los Angeles and Durango, according to Innovata.