September 8, 2008

Horizon Air to Submit New Bid for Pendleton Service

Horizon Air has announced that it will submit a new bid to the US Department of Transportation for Pendleton service, and in a change from its earlier bid, it will include flights to Portland, Oregon.

The bid is in response to the Department of Transportation's (DOT) resolicitation of two-year-term proposals under the Essential Air Service program. The city of Pendleton rejected all earlier proposals and asked the DOT to seek additional bids.

Horizon's flights would be operated with 76-seat Q400 aircraft, which are replacing the 37-seat Q200 aircraft Horizon currently operates to Pendleton and other communities. Horizon is retiring the smaller Q200 after October 28, 2008.

Horizon Air will continue to serve Pendleton at least through November 28, 2008, in accordance with DOT guidance. For the 30 days leading up to this, Horizon is being allowed to operate per its previous proposal.

As a result, Horizon has discontinued tickets sales on direct flights between Pendleton, Pasco and Portland for flights after October 27, 2008, and will offer flights from Pendleton to Seattle, with connections to Portland and other cities throughout North America, starting October 28, 2008.

The DOT's latest solicitation requires new bids to be submitted by September 23, 2008. The DOT is expected to make a decision on the submitted bids by November 1, 2008, after a public comment period.