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Horizon Air Announces Changes to Fall Schedule

6/16/2010 11:50 am (PT)

SEATTLE -- Horizon Air is shoring up flight frequencies on some routes and discontinuing service on others effective with its fall schedule starting Aug. 22.

Service from Seattle to Pasco and Vancouver, and from Medford to Los Angeles, will be temporarily reduced by one flight in each market to help boost profitability on the remaining flights. All of these flights will be reinstated during the busier winter season.

Discontinued routes include Boise to Idaho Falls, Boise to Los Angeles, Flagstaff/Prescott to Los Angeles, Eureka/Redding to Seattle, Redmond to Los Angeles, and Sacramento to Santa Barbara.

"It's unfortunate when schedule frequency is reduced or service discontinued, and we regret any inconvenience these changes will cause," said Dan Russo, Horizon's vice president of marketing and communications. "In all cases, we explored a variety of alternatives before arriving at this outcome. I would like to thank our employees who provided such great service on these routes and our customers who supported us."

Customers holding tickets on flights affected by the changes will be reaccommodated on other flights or offered a full refund.

Horizon currently has 57 aircraft in its fleet: 40 Bombardier Q400 turboprops and 17 Bombardier CRJ-700 jets. In conjunction with these flight reductions, Horizon plans to sublease four of its CRJ-700s to another party. Horizon is in the process of transitioning to an all-Q400 fleet for greatest efficiency, and this move will bring the airline closer to that goal.

Horizon serves 48 cities throughout Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Baja California Sur (Mexico), and British Columbia and Alberta (Canada). Together, Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines serve more than 90 cities and are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK).