Alaska Airlines has announced its sister regional carrier Horizon Air is discontinuing all flights from Eureka and Redding in California to Los Angeles from April 17, 2011.
“We tried a variety of alternatives over the past several years to improve the financial performance of these markets. Unfortunately, we saw no significant change,” says Andrew Harrison, vice president of planning and revenue management for Alaska Air Group, which owns both Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air.
“It’s never possible to leave a city without a sense of disappointment. Many have invested considerable time and effort in trying to make these markets viable,” adds Harrison. “In particular, I would like to thank our customers who supported us and the Horizon employees in Eureka and Redding who provided such great service.”
Alaska Air Group says its customers with tickets on the affected flights will be reaccommodated on other airlines or offered a full refund. Passengers with questions about discontinuation of the service can call 1-800-ALASKAAIR (800-252-7522 or TTY/TDD line 800-392-0228).
Harrison says the number of passengers flying between Eureka and Redding and Los Angeles is insufficient for Alaska Airlines to operate the flights profitably and led to the decision to discontinue service. Eureka and Redding are among the smallest intra-California markets that Alaska Air Group serves.
Horizon Air has operated flights from Redding Municipal Airport (RDD) since 1992 and from Arcata/Eureka Airport (ACV) since 1994.