Horizon Air will drop one of two non-stop flights between Redmond and Los Angeles on June 24, replacing early-morning and evening flights with midday flights more suitable for vacation travelers, the airline said Monday.
At present, one non-stop flight to LAX leaves Roberts Field at 6 a.m. and another leaves at 6:05 p.m., said Horizon spokeswoman Jen Boyer in Seattle. They will be replaced by one that leaves at 10:50 a.m. and arrives at LAX at 1:20 p.m., with a Los Angeles flight leaving at 9:10 a.m. and arriving at 11:30 a.m.
The same 74-seat Q400 turboprops will be used on the new, single non-stops, she said.
"The two (flights) were not sustained enough to afford to continue to operate," Boyer told KTVZ.COM. "We really need to fill these planes to make ends meet." She noted that oil hit a record $117 a barrel Monday.
The twice-daily non-stops to LAX began Aug. 1, 2006 and were announced at an Economic Development for Central Oregon luncheon that February.
"We've picked a better time for people coming up on vacation," Boyer said, "First, they get to LA after all the morning traffic, and get in in time to check in to their hotel."
"Even after June 24, we'll still be operating 11 flights a day out of Redmond," she added.