Winter airservice kicks in

horizon_airplaneAs Mammoth Mountain’s marketing man continues to talk up the importance of growth in air service, winter service gets underway with more flights in and out of Mammoth-Yosemite Airport.

The big news this winter – flights from San Francisco International Airport to Mammoth. United airlines agreed to fly 66-seat regional jets to and from San Francisco. In fact, the first flight will land in Mammoth Thursday.

Mammoth Mountain has arranged a small celebration. Wooly Mammoth will arrive at the airport at 4:45 pm. The United San Francisco flight will arrive at 4:56pm, and Rusty Gregory and a United representative will talk followed by a champagne toast.

The rest of the winter air service schedule includes Horizon Air’s twice daily, nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Mammoth; daily, nonstop service from San Jose and direct service from Portland. Horizon will operate 76-seat Bombardier Q400s. This is a high-speed, twin-engine turboprop.

All winter seasonal flights run from December 16th to April 24th. Mammoth Mountain’s marketing chief, Howard Pickett has made the rounds to elected and appointed bodies, local clubs and others with the message that air service has succeeded and needs to grow in the future. He points to the financial advantage from visitors who might not come to Mammoth without air flights.

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