Update from MLT on Mammoth-Yosemite Airport

Mammoth Lakes Tourism press release

Alaska Airlines to Discontinue Air Service to Mammoth Yosemite Airport

New airline partners being sought to replace and expand service

Mammoth Lakes, Calif (May 23, 2018) – Last week officials from Alaska Airlines informed Mammoth Lakes Tourism that they would be discontinuing air service to Mammoth Yosemite Airport.  Current daily non-stop air service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will continue through November 30, 2018.

Airline officials cited retirement of the Q400 aircraft as the reason for ending the service that has been in place for Mammoth Lakes Since 2009.  

According to Bobbie Egan, a spokesperson for Alaska Airlines, “Our decision to exit Mammoth is due to the extreme challenge of operating into this airport. Only the Q400 is equipped with the advanced navigational aids to land there and we have fewer planes available as we are retiring this aircraft.”  

Egan went on to say that pilot shortage was not a factor in the decision to discontinue service to Mammoth Yosemite Airport, “We haven’t had a single pilot cancellation due to the pilot shortage since last November.”

Mammoth Lakes Tourism is in discussions with other major airlines to not only replace the discontinued Alaska Airlines service from Los Angeles (LAX) and San Diego (SAN) for winter 2018-19, but to possibly expand into new markets as well.

New winter 2018-19 service announcements will be made as soon as they are finalized.



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6 Responses to Update from MLT on Mammoth-Yosemite Airport

  1. Trouble May 24, 2018 at 1:42 am #

    It’s because of Mammoths weather and wind conditions in my book.

    • Inyo Citizen May 24, 2018 at 8:01 am #

      Looking forward to Bishop Airport getting things going.

      • steve May 24, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

        I think that Bishop may have better reliability however I just don’t think it will be popular. It will struggle just like Mammoth just for different reasons.

  2. steve May 25, 2018 at 8:43 am #

    Oh and competition from Jetsuit X had no bearing on it!

    Yea right

  3. Frank Blackstone May 27, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

    Mammoth Hates Bishop everyone knows its the Ghetto for Mammoth , But it would definitely expand tourism to Bishop for the restaurants and motel industry ..Then perhaps i could sell this house here and move south

  4. David Dennison May 28, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

    Frank…So Bishop is the “ghetto ” for Mammoth ?…what a laugh…thing I’ve noticed living in the Owens Valley is,if you want to deal with mostly rich,arrogant entitled people and SoCal tourists,Mammoth is the place to go,especially if it’s at night to the taverns and night-life,if you don’t mind being around the fore-mentioned kinda people that get drunk,acting stupid and trying to hit-on and pinch your girlfriend or wife’s butt when your back is turned…when I’m up that way,I think I’ll stick to what the “ghetto” Bishop has to offer,and if I’m in the mood to go farther north,I’ll be heading to June Lake or Bridgeport,where it’s a lot more quiet and peaceful….and things a lot less expensive too.


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