Alaska Airlines responds to MLT airport press release

Statement Bobbie Egan, a spokesperson for Alaska Airlines:

“Our decision to exit Mammoth is due to the extreme challenge of operating into this city.

Only the Q400 is equipped with the right navigational aids to land there and we have fewer planes available as we are retiring this aircraft and optimizing our regional flying using the E175 in southern California.

To be clear, the 2017 pilot shortage has no bearing on this decision. Our sister airline Horizon Air hasn’t had a single pilot cancellation due to a pilot shortage since last November. Horizon Air operates 379 daily flights.”


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2 Responses to Alaska Airlines responds to MLT airport press release

  1. Gib Corwin May 24, 2018 at 8:48 am #

    Who’s idea was it to build the airport up there in the first place? It didn’t work before and it was a poor location from the start.Here is a thought, move the little green church down to the valley and use it for the terminal somewhere near Bishop? Everything up there seems wierd. I read a quote from Wayne Wong, (super hot dog skier 70s and 80s) where he said he didn’t much care for ski towns. Now I think on it that’s pretty accurate. It won’t matter much in the future because only the very rich will be able to afford ski trips very soon. Especially if you have a family.

  2. Tinner May 23, 2018 at 6:16 pm #

    In other words if we want air service into Eastern Sierra in the future improve Bishop Airport and cut our losses with the Mammoth Yosemite Airport, forget about it!
    We sure did screw the pooch on that greedy as all heck fantasy.
    I hope to god those who are making decisions now are seeing the mistakes of the past and are capable of learning from them. I hope they don’t think they can control the weather like those in the past seem to think they could.
    What were they thinking?
    Maybe I just have a lot more respect for the weather than those smart people.
    How embarrassing.
    Waste waste waste.


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