The Curry Coastal Pilot

CRESCENT CITY - New flight times that went into effect at Crescent City's airport this week should help prevent morning flight delays and make day-trips to and from the Bay Area and Sacramento a new possibility.

But the changes also include the loss of one flight on Saturday. The Saturday morning flight from Sacramento to Crescent City has been dropped.

The biggest changes in the flight schedule include the shift to a late-night flight departing Sacramento at 9:37 p.m. and arriving in Crescent City at 11:39 p.m. with a short stop in Eureka. And the morning flight to San Francisco will now leave earlier.

David Finigan, chairman of the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority and a vocal advocate for the changes, said they should improve "convenience and reliability" for travelers using Del Norte County Regional Airport.

"By adding a late night flight from Sacramento the plane will now stay overnight in Crescent City," Finigan said in an email. "This allows the potential for travel to and from the Bay Area or Sacramento with a return the same day. More importantly, the plane staying overnight virtually assures an on-time departure to San Francisco without the delays due to air traffic, congestion or weather."

The morning flight from Crescent City to San Francisco will now depart at 5:45 a.m. every day, which will give customers more options for catching connecting flights from the City by the Bay. This same flight will also continue on to Sacramento every day, arriving at 9:45 a.m., for those wishing to reach the capital.

"Our new early morning flight will arrive in San Francisco prior to having to compete with the arrival of the larger aircraft," Finigan said. "This new schedule should allow for fewer delays and cancellations, and more dependable air travel consistent with our communities needs."