Horizon Air to close Anchorage base in March 2018

 A Horizon Air Q400 plane
A Horizon Air Q400 plane (KTUU)
Published: Oct. 31, 2017 at 5:56 PM AKDT
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Just three years after opening a base in Anchorage, a small regional airline has announced it will be withdrawing from Alaska in March of next year.

Horizon Air is owned by the same parent company as Alaska Airlines, and currently offers flights between Anchorage, Fairbanks and Deadhorse. Alaska Airlines will take over those routes after March 10, 2018.

According to Alaska Airlines vice president Marilyn Romano, the change may result in a slightly altered schedule for those flights, but customers likely won’t notice a difference. Alaska Airlines will also be flying larger 737 aircraft, which will provide 25 percent more seating on those routes, Romano said.

“Horizon started flying in Alaska in 2014, and since that time, has struggled to operate cost-effectively in such a remote environment with limited resources,” Alaska Airlines wrote in a Tuesday statement.

Horizon employs 51 people in Anchorage. All those employees have been offered opportunities to relocate to some of Horizon’s other bases in the Lower 48.