Ogden-Hinckley Airport surprised 235 passengers on the inaugural Ogden-Los Angeles flight routes with a welcome party to celebrate the expansion of Ogden City’s commercial air service.

Traveler’s were welcomed with a reception, served drinks and hors d’oeuvre and given swag to commemorate the occasion as they waited for the first flight to take off. When asked why they planned to get away, travelers’ shared:

“We are flying to Disneyland for the first time as a family!” – Phillip Tobler 

“Taking a drive up Pacific Coast Highway 1” – Chris Hoffman

“Visiting my Dad in LA who is 98. We are going to see Hamilton.” – Paula Bendixsen

“Wake surfing baby!” – Windsor Smith

“Taking a ferry ride in San Pedro and visiting Oceanside.” - Evelyn Atwood

“Going to LA to watch the Rams and Dodgers play.” - Armen Manoukian

Passengers on the inaugural flight came from Orem to Idaho, and when surveyed listed affordable rates, location and accessibility as the top reasons for choosing to FlyOgden. Ogden is the gateway for over 1 million residents in 15 counties in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming and currently offers air service to Mesa/Phoenix and now Los Angeles with Las Vegas routes starting in November of this year.

Based on the market assessment study developed from passenger booking data in March of 2015, the Ogden market area generates 25.3% of the passenger bookings for the Wasatch Front. Ogden-Hinckley airport is working to serve the area’s need and help relieve domestic air travel loads from Salt Lake International Airport (SLC).