August 18, 2008

Horizon Air Only Airline to Serve Idaho Falls During Runway Construction

By Hicken, Robb

Horizon will be the only airline providing service to and from Idaho Falls while the airport's main runway is closed for repairs Sept. 2 through Oct. 1. "We will be the only provider while they are closed for the renovations," Jen Boyer, media director, said. "However Horizon will continue to operate on the smaller runway operating the with the 37-seat Q200 aircraft."

She said there was extensive paperwork filed with the FAA to ensure the safety of passengers, and service will continue.

Other airlines have chosen to halt service into the airport while the main runway is under construction.

Throughout the duration of the closure, Horizon will offer four daily flights to Boise using 37-seat Bombardier Q200 aircraft. This aircraft's performance abilities make it fully capable of using the airport's second runway, which will remain open during the construction.

After the renovated runway opens, Horizon will resume service to Idaho Falls with 76-seat Bombardier Q400s, offering a direct flight to Seattle and a direct flight to Boise starting Oct. 12. The Boise flight will depart Idaho Falls in the early morning - allowing for easy connections to Horizon flights to Los Angeles, Portland, Sacramento, and San Jose - and then continue on to Seattle from Boise. Additionally, Horizon will offer an afternoon nonstop flight to Seattle from Idaho Falls. Of the two returning eastbound flights, one will stop in Boise and the other in Sun Valley before continuing on to Idaho Falls.

Credit: Robb Hicken

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