Horizon Air is launching daily non-stop service from San Diego to the California cities of Monterey and Santa Rosa and twice-daily service from San...

On behalf of its sister airline Alaska Airlines, regional airline Horizon Air is launching daily non-stop service from San Diego to the California cities of Monterey and Santa Rosa and twice-daily service from San Diego to Fresno.

The carrier’s new flights to Monterey and Fresno will begin on June 4, while service from San Diego to Santa Rosa starts on June 5. Horizon Air will also begin twice-daily service between Reno in Nevada and Bay Area city San Jose, on June 4.

Horizon Air’s San Diego-Fresno schedule calls for the first daily flight to depart San Diego International Airport (SAN) at 9:15 a.m. and arrive at Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) at 10:50 a.m. The other daily flight is timed to leave SAN at 8:45 p.m. and touch down at FAT at 10:20 p.m.

A Horizon Air Bombardier Q400 turboprop flies near snowy Mount Rainier in Washington state

In the other direction, Horizon Air’s first daily Alaska Airlines-network flight is scheduled to push back from the gate at FAT at 7:15 a.m., in order to reach SAN at 8:42 a.m. The second daily flight is timed to begin taxiing at FAT at 6:45 p.m. and get to SAN at 8:12 p.m.

The carrier’s San Diego-Monterey schedule will see its daily flight on the route leave SAN at 6:55 p.m. and land at Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY) at 8:37 p.m., the first flight on the route taking place on June 4. The first flight in the other direction begins on January 5, departing MRY at 7:30 a.m. and landing at SAN at 9:12 a.m.

Horizon Air’s San Diego-Santa Rosa schedule calls for its daily flight to leave SAN at 9:45 a.m. and reach Santa Rosa’s Sonoma County Airport (STS) at 11:50 a.m., the service beginning on June 5. The airline’s first flight in the other direction is due to take place the previous day, leaving STS at 4:25 p.m. and touching down at SAN at 6:22 p.m.

Horizon Air has now painted many aircraft in its all-Bombardier Q400 fleet in the colors of sister mainline carrier Alaska Airlines, since the two carriers operate a combined network under the Alaska Airlines name. Horizon Air does, however, have a number of Q400s painted in special-theme liveries commemorating the colors of major universities in the cities it serves

On the Reno-San Jose route, Horizon Air’s first flight of the day is scheduled to depart Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) at 6:00 a.m. and land at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) at 7:08 a.m. This flight begins operating on June 5. The carrier’s other daily flight, which begins on June 4, is timed to leave RNO at 2:15 p.m. and reach SJC at 3:23 p.m.

In the other direction, the airline’s first daily flight departs SJC at 11:55 a.m. and gets to RNO at 1:00 p.m. The second daily flight begins taxiing at SJC at 10:20 p.m., in order to make an 11:25 p.m. arrival at RNO. Both flights begin operating on June 4.

To mark Horizon Air’s new services, the carrier is offering $59 one-way fares (not including government fees) on flights from San Diego to Fresno and Monterey; and $69 one-way fares (again before government fees) on flights between San Diego and Santa Rosa, and between San Jose and Reno. Tickets must be purchased by January 25 and can be used for travel from June 5 through July 18, 2012.

Visit www.alaskaair.com to purchase a ticket or call 1-800-ALASKAAIR (1-800-252-7522 or TTY/TDD line 1-800-392-0228).

Horizon Air, the sister regional carrier of Alaska Airlines in Alaska Air Group, has painted one of its Bombardier Q400s in the colors of the University of Montana. The aircraft is one of several that Horizon Air has given specially themed liveries representing particular universities

Members of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan can also earn double miles on the new nonstop flights between June 4 and July 31, 2012. To qualify, customers must first register at www.alaskaair.com.

Horizon Air will operate the new routes with 76-seat Bombardier Q400 fast turboprops. Horizon Air’s on-board service includes complimentary Starbucks coffee, soft drinks, and (for passengers 21 and older) wines and microbrews.

The carrier’s Q400 turboprop is among the most environmentally friendly regional aircraft, burning 30 to 40 per cent less fuel, producing an equally lower amount of emissions and generating 10 decibels less exterior noise than comparable jets.

To support the new Santa Rosa-San Diego route, Alaska Airlines will discontinue service between Santa Rosa and Las Vegas on June 3. However, from June 4 the airline is adding a third flight on four days each week on its existing route between Santa Rosa and Los Angeles, the new flight operating through August 25, 2012.

From June 4, Horizon Air’s new seasonal Los Angeles-Santa Rosa flight will leave Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 11:30 a.m. and land at STS at 1:04 p.m., on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. In the other direction, the new flight will depart STS on the same days at 1:35 p.m. and reach LAX at 3:09 p.m.