SPOKANE — Horizon Air is re-establishing Spokane as a crew base for pilots and attendants, changing an 11-year practice of having crews spend a night in area hotels before leaving the next day.
The airline, a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, is not planning to add more flights in coming months. The changes are cost-saving measures, said Horizon Air spokeswoman Marianne Lindsey.
Horizon Air also is designating Medford, Ore., and Boise as new crew bases. For the past several years, all of Horizon’s 432 pilots and 510 flight attendants were based in Portland or Seattle.
“The cost factor is the No. 1 focus” of the change, Lindsey said.
Lindsey said she has never seen an estimate for how much Horizon pays to book hotel rooms for crews who fly in and out of Spokane or other cities with originating flights.
“I’ve never seen anyone put a specific number on that cost,” she said.
The changes take effect this week.
Spokane is now the assigned base for 45 pilots and 53 attendants.
The airline will give crews the choice of moving to Spokane, Boise or Medford.
Horizon, which flies primarily Bombardier Q400 aircraft, also has a maintenance crew at the Spokane International Airport.
— U-B wire reports