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Horizon changing schedules for better connections

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Nov. 26, 2008 at 3:29 pm with No Comments »
November 26, 2008 3:29 pm

Flights from smaller cities to Horizon Air’s Seattle hub will be leaving earlier and returning later next year to let travelers make more connections in the Emerald City.

Horizon is making adjustments, the airline said, based on customer feedback about connections to longer flights in Seattle.

“We never stop listening to our customers.” said Dan Russo, the SeaTac-based airlines’ vice president of marketing and communications.

In many cases, the first morning flights from outlying communities are leaving 30 minutes earlier than now and the last returning flight of the day is leaving 30 minutes or more later from Seattle to make connections easier.

From Wenatchee, for instance, the first of four daily flights to Sea-Tac will depart at 6 a.m. beginning Jan. 5. That’s an hour earlier than now.

The last returning flight of the day will leave Sea-Tac at 10:20 p.m., two hours later than now. The schedule alterations will give Wenatchee passengers 23 more Alaska and Horizon connections in the morning and 33 additional inbound connections at night.

Similar changes are being planned from Yakima and the Tri-Cities. Other schedule changes are being made in Boise, and Medford and Bend in Oregon and Flagstaff, Ariz. and Santa Rosa, Calif.

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