Two-flight schedule starts

The weather was no help in the first day of Horizon's new schedule, which is due for changes over the next few months.

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A new two-flight schedule at the Walla Walla Regional Airport got off to a turbulent start Wednesday.

Fog from the previous night prompted the cancelation of the 6:50 a.m. flight Wednesday. Local travel and airport officials said the plane was expected to be full.

"We didn't get off to a good start, but that's basically a fog problem," said Paul Schneidmiller, a Port of Walla Walla commissioner and the owner of World Wide Travel Service.

Despite a willful Mother Nature, Schneidmiller said the schedule will get better throughout the first half of the year.

The afternoon departure currently scheduled for 5:10 p.m. will be bumped starting Jan. 17 to 4 p.m. That flight will be adjusted again April 12, when it moves to a 3:10 p.m. departure time.

Members of the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce Air Travel Coalition have lobbied for the earlier afternoon flight to better accommodate both visitors coming into town, as well as those headed to Seattle.

"The schedule changes are going in the right direction," Schneidmiller said. "Even though they might seem minor, they help in getting our numbers to a level acceptable to Horizon Air."

He said he believes the airline has heard the pleas from the community and continues to adjust the flights to the best of its ability to help fit Walla Walla.

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