Update from MLT on Mammoth-Yosemite Airport

Mammoth Lakes Tourism press release

Alaska Airlines to Discontinue Air Service to Mammoth Yosemite Airport

New airline partners being sought to replace and expand service

Mammoth Lakes, Calif (May 23, 2018) – Last week officials from Alaska Airlines informed Mammoth Lakes Tourism that they would be discontinuing air service to Mammoth Yosemite Airport.  Current daily non-stop air service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will continue through November 30, 2018.

Airline officials cited retirement of the Q400 aircraft as the reason for ending the service that has been in place for Mammoth Lakes Since 2009.  

According to Bobbie Egan, a spokesperson for Alaska Airlines, “Our decision to exit Mammoth is due to the extreme challenge of operating into this airport. Only the Q400 is equipped with the advanced navigational aids to land there and we have fewer planes available as we are retiring this aircraft.”  

Egan went on to say that pilot shortage was not a factor in the decision to discontinue service to Mammoth Yosemite Airport, “We haven’t had a single pilot cancellation due to the pilot shortage since last November.”

Mammoth Lakes Tourism is in discussions with other major airlines to not only replace the discontinued Alaska Airlines service from Los Angeles (LAX) and San Diego (SAN) for winter 2018-19, but to possibly expand into new markets as well.

New winter 2018-19 service announcements will be made as soon as they are finalized.


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9 Responses to Update from MLT on Mammoth-Yosemite Airport

  1. Frank Blackstone July 18, 2019 at 11:04 am #

    David , Wish I knew you , Indeed Bishop has forever been the stopping off point to go somewhere else , Mammoth , Reno , And yeah maybe that tiney place June , But I still consider it living in the Shadow of somewhere else , GHetto is what comes to mind , If you live here and are not Blind or just don’t care you surely have seen the p[laces closed down and moved away . Iv been living here almost 20 years and have noticed the implosion , and have been coming through here since the 60s , And truly regret getting Stuck here in the Implosion..Maby this dream about an Airport will make thing better for the Motel business and rent a car to as I say go somewhere else out of here .. Its sad you disagree its a place in the middle of No Where on the Way to Somewhere else and always has and may well be ..Quiet yes ,,Too Quiet yes ..If you like it that way stay and enjoy it …

  2. David Dennison July 11, 2018 at 7:34 am #

    Frank,it depends on what you see and think as “ghetto”…I live in Southern Inyo and have seen and been to just about every little town along 395 from Olancha to Reno in my years of living here.When I go north camping and fishing,my choice Bridgeport and Lee Vining..very scenic there and along the Walker Canyon area….nice people,little “Mom and Pop” stores and restaurants along the way..people talking like YOU keep me away from Mammoth….not all,but many thinking they are entitled uppity rich So Calers,or as you put it “influentials”,even when they’re not…above the “rest of us”…and if it’s not that, crime up there too,90 % of that involving out-of-town drunks and dopers to “party ” and raise hell at night….loose morals,not a fun place to go on a date with a girl unless you want to be part of the sleazy night-life at the taverns.Sometimes it seems all Mammoth cares about is money and the tourist trade……no affordable housing, where they got to pack 6 people into a 2 bedroom apartment,unless your an “influential”…drug deals in the streets all hours of the night and early morning…loud mouths and speeders driving through the streets…DUI arrests…drunk guys groping on women in the bars,getting into fights…THAT is all my idea of a “ghetto”…not Bishop..Mammoth reminds me of Lancaster,California with mountains and water nearby….not the place to go for a fun,quiet time unless you avoid the town altogether and just visit the creeks and lakes out of town..I always wonder why so many people seem to worship that area when June Lake is 13 miles away…

  3. Frank Blackstone July 10, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

    Reply to Comment , Bishop is Indeed the GHETTO of mammoth , And alwayse has been ,,Rich influentials live in Mammoth and consider Bishop a slum ..All it takes is a look at their airport and all its Executive Jets lined up ..Attitude change would be appreciated by the overpaid political people alwayse want to keep it that way ..Im sorry I ever heard of Bishop , living here is a disaster..No decent Medical or places to shop..businesses have been disappearing for a long time now and not likely to be coming back..

  4. David Dennison May 28, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

    Frank…So Bishop is the “ghetto ” for Mammoth ?…what a laugh…thing I’ve noticed living in the Owens Valley is,if you want to deal with mostly rich,arrogant entitled people and SoCal tourists,Mammoth is the place to go,especially if it’s at night to the taverns and night-life,if you don’t mind being around the fore-mentioned kinda people that get drunk,acting stupid and trying to hit-on and pinch your girlfriend or wife’s butt when your back is turned…when I’m up that way,I think I’ll stick to what the “ghetto” Bishop has to offer,and if I’m in the mood to go farther north,I’ll be heading to June Lake or Bridgeport,where it’s a lot more quiet and peaceful….and things a lot less expensive too.

  5. Frank Blackstone May 27, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

    Mammoth Hates Bishop everyone knows its the Ghetto for Mammoth , But it would definitely expand tourism to Bishop for the restaurants and motel industry ..Then perhaps i could sell this house here and move south

  6. steve May 25, 2018 at 8:43 am #

    Oh and competition from Jetsuit X had no bearing on it!

    Yea right

  7. Trouble May 24, 2018 at 1:42 am #

    It’s because of Mammoths weather and wind conditions in my book.

    • Inyo Citizen May 24, 2018 at 8:01 am #

      Looking forward to Bishop Airport getting things going.

      • steve May 24, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

        I think that Bishop may have better reliability however I just don’t think it will be popular. It will struggle just like Mammoth just for different reasons.


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