A regional airline is ending service at Modesto City-County Airport, blaming new pilot rest rules for increasing the cost of operating from the largest city in Stanislaus County.
SkyWest Airlines said it will stop serving Modesto on Wednesday, leaving the airport without regular airline service for the first time in decades.
Among other reasons cited by the airline for pulling out is a new federal regulation that requires airlines to give pilots more rest time between shifts. The regulations took effect in January.
The federal requirement increased the cost of serving the regional airport, and the demand for air service from Modesto does not justify the extra cost,...