For the third summer, United Airlines has scheduled a second daily direct flight from Redmond to Denver, Redmond Airport officials announced Monday.

The added early-morning flight, which starts today, accommodates increased demand for eastbound seats and gives travelers more options for making connections to Chicago, Orlando, Fla., and New York City, among other destinations, said Heather Cassaro, airport communications manager.

The United Express flight, operated by SkyWest Airlines, will be aboard a Bombardier CRJ-200, a regional twin-engine jet aircraft with room for 50 passengers. The additional flight will operate six days per week, according to Cassaro. Passengers may leave Redmond at 5:50 a.m. or after 3 p.m., on days when both Denver flights are in operation, according to United’s timetable.

Four air carriers offer direct flights from Redmond: Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines and American Airlines. American added its daily nonstop service to Los Angeles in June after area businesses and individuals raised $402,000 in guaranteed tickets.

“We’re really pleased with it,” she said, referring to the L.A. flight.

— From staff reports