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Merced announces Essential Air Service agreement with Advanced Air 


City and airport officials welcome Advanced Air as the community’s Essential Air Service (EAS) provider for Merced Yosemite Regional Airport (MCE).

Beginning Jan. 1, 2022, Advanced Air will provide 24 weekly flights from Merced: 12 roundtrips to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) and 12 roundtrips to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Additionally, Advanced Air’s flights will align with YARTS bus schedules to Yosemite.

“The City of Merced anticipates a productive relationship with Advanced Air,” said Merced Mayor Matthew Serratto. “As more people look for opportunities to travel, we anticipate increased interest in our community. We look forward to convenient scheduling at affordable rates and promoting more travel opportunities to and from Yosemite. Additionally, air service should be vital to the economic growth of our city. We foresee local job growth along with economic activity and opportunity.”

“Merced is one of the gateways to Yosemite, a quintessential American attraction that millions of people love to visit,” said Levi Stockton, founder and president of Advanced Air. “We are proud to be selected as the city’s airline and look forward to investing in the community, bringing tourism to the area, and serving the residents of Merced and the Yosemite Valley.”

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