Scenic will expand its service at Merced next week. Merced to Reno service starts May 18. One way fares start at $89 for the five flights per week. This will be non-EAS service that Scenic has decided to take a risk on.
Currently Scenic operates Merced to VGT on an EAS contract. Free shuttle buses run from North Las Vegas to LAS and Strip hotels.
Passenger counts are up from when Scenic took over the EAS at Merced in 2001 from UAX/Skywest. Merced saw:
Roughly 3,500 enplaned in 1999
Roughly 8,000 enplaned in 2004
Roughly 9,000 enplaned in 2005