Monday, 6 November 2017

Horizon Air Pulling Out of Alaska

Horizon Air is packing its bags and heading out of Alaska and its Bombardier turboprop Q400 aircraft will be phased out by March of 2018 the parent company Alaska Air Group official announced.

The current Horizon Air routes will be taken over by Alaska Airlines and operated by Boeing 737 aircraft, with a much higher capacity than the Q400's could accommodate. Horizon, it's Anchorage base will also close on 10th March or shortly thereafter, leaving the futures of over 50 staff members in doubt.

Alaska Airlines Regional Vice President Marilyn Romano said last week that Horizon “has struggled to operate cost-effectively in such a remote environment with limited resources.” Horizon started flying in Alaska in 2014.  Employees have been notified of the closure, and resources are available for those employees who will be impacted by this decision,” Romano said. “Horizon’s 51 Anchorage-based employees have provided great service to our guests and have been offered opportunities to relocate to other Horizon bases in the Lower 48.”

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