Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Grounded: One Less Flight from ACV

Posted By on Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Arcata-Eureka airportHumboldt County's outgoing flight destinations continue to dwindle. After Aug. 22, Horizon Air will no longer offer its daily flights from the Arcata-Eureka Airport (ACV) to Seattle via Redding, according to a press release issued today. This news comes barely four months after Delta Air Lines abandoned ACV entirely, eliminating Denver as a direct-flight option for North Coasters.

When reached by the Journal, Horizon VP of Marketing and Communications Dan Russo refused to give out hard numbers on passenger data, saying only that the northbound flights "weren't doing as well as we'd hoped." Until last year, Horizon's northbound route went to Portland (again, via Redding), but the company switched that destination to Seattle, hoping the larger city would prove a more popular destination, Russo said. "But we didn't see the results that we wanted," he added.

Horizon still offers two daily flights to L.A., one direct and one through Redding. Customers who already bought tickets on the cancelled flights will either be "reaccommodated" on other flights or given a full refund, the release promises. "It's unfortunate when schedule frequency is reduced or service discontinued, and we regret any inconvenience these changes will cause," Russo said.

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