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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Frank Blackstone
Frank Blackstone
2 years ago

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… Read more »

David Dennison
David Dennison
3 years ago

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… Read more »

Frank Blackstone
Frank Blackstone
3 years ago

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… Read more »

David Dennison
David Dennison
3 years ago

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… Read more »

Frank Blackstone
Frank Blackstone
3 years ago

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

steve
steve
3 years ago

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

Yea right

Trouble
Trouble
3 years ago

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

Inyo Citizen
Inyo Citizen
3 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Looking forward to Bishop Airport getting things going.

steve
steve
3 years ago
Reply to  Inyo Citizen

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.