Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Horizon announces updated flight schedule

Airline to operate two daily round-trip routes between Hailey and California

Express Staff Writer

Seattle-based Horizon Air this week released an updated schedule for operating nonstop daily flights this winter from Los Angeles and Oakland to the Wood River Valley.

Dan Russo, Horizon Air director of marketing, said Tuesday that the airline's schedule for winter flights from the two California cities to Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey will be:

· Depart Friedman daily at 11:05 a.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 12:25 p.m. Depart Los Angeles at 12:55 p.m. and arrive at Friedman at 4:15 p.m.

· Depart Friedman daily at 2:50 p.m. and arrive in Oakland at 3:45 p.m. Depart Oakland at 4:15 p.m. and arrive in Friedman at 7:15 p.m.

The Los Angeles winter schedule released this week is different than the one originally agreed upon.

Earlier this month, Horizon officials committed to providing the commercial flights between Friedman and the two California hubs from Dec. 15 through April 2, 2006. The flights will be operated with 74-seat Q-400 aircraft that have been used on the routes in the past.

The two California flights—which in recent years were provided only with a guarantee from Sun Valley Resort ensuring Horizon would not incur monetary losses—will be provided this winter without any such revenue guarantees. Last winter, the California flights operated without losses and required no subsidies from the resort or the Ketchum-Sun Valley business community, which vowed to assist.

In addition, throughout the summer, fall and winter, Horizon will continue to operate one daily round-trip route between Seattle and Friedman.

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