The Chelan Douglas Port Authority approved an agreement that will bring an additional flight from Pangborn Airport to Seattle. The new service will be offered by Alaska Airline's regional carrier, Horizon, and will commence operations by mid-September.
Jim Kuntz, CEO of the Port, revealed that the airline is offering the new service following the recovery of their pilot shortage, which has allowed them to expand in several markets, including Pangborn. The new service will provide two flights a day to Seattle, which is still one less than Alaska provided before the pandemic. The plane will spend the night at Pangborn after a late-night arrival, then leave early the next morning. This will give travelers from Wenatchee more time to make connections to and from their destinations. The service will be provided seven days a week, and the new flight will show up in the reservation system by this Sunday.
The agreement between the Port and Alaska Airlines provides for the additional flight for one year with a guarantee of $500,000 in revenues for the carrier. The Port will be given monthly reports on airline revenues, and there will be no flights to or from Pangborn from August 21-28 because of construction.