July 15, 2008
Horizon to Offer Ski-Season Flights to Mammoth
By Art Marroquin
Avid skiers and snowboarders looking for some fresh powder will be able to catch a direct flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Mammoth aboard Horizon Air beginning Dec. 18, airline officials announced Monday.The new daily service will run only during the winter sports season, ending April 12, according to airline officials. The 65- minute flight will depart LAX at 2:20 p.m., while the return flight leaves Mammoth Yosemite Airport at 4:05 p.m.
Tickets went on sale Monday with fares starting at $99 each way, but Horizon is offering an introductory fare of $79 each way for selected days in January.
Flights will be operated on Horizon's Bombardier Q400 aircraft, a twin-engine turboprop plane capable of seating up to 76 passengers.
Mammoth's airport is located about 15 minutes from the ski resorts.
"Instead of a drive of five hours or more, you'll be able to take a 65-minute flight, arriving in Mammoth in time for a relaxing dinner before hitting the slopes the next day," said Dan Russo, Horizon's vice president of marketing and communications.
United Express previously offered flights between LAX and Mammoth, but canceled service during the mid-1990s.
More than 1.1 million people visit Mammoth Mountain's ski resort each year. The majority come from Southern California. Executives with Mammoth Mountain said they hope the new flights will boost the number of visitors from Southern California.
"Horizon's daily flights will allow the world to experience what Southern Californians have known for decades, that Mammoth is for everyone who wants to play big in the mountains," said Rusty Gregory, CEO of Mammoth Mountain.
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