Get Used to Seeing More Alaska, Less Horizon


More than 2,000 commercial flights take off from the Boise Airport each month, most of them Horizon Airlines. Horizon, while a subsidiary of Alaska Air, operates and is managed as a separate entity. That's about to change.

Employees of Horizon were told this week, that the company is turning responsibility for marketing and selling its tickets over to Alaska in January. Under what is called a "capacity purchase agreement," Horizon will fly the routes that Alaska dictates, which will also fix the prices. Alaska will market the flights and retain all of the ticket revenue.

The airline is also outsourcing heavy maintenance on its feel to an Idaho firm, Empire Aerospace, headquartered in Coeur d'Alene. Horizon's operations center, currently in Portland, Ore., will be merged with
Alaska's center in Seattle.