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Alaska Airlines to Begin Mainline Service to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport announced two days before Christmas that it will be receiving new mainline service from Alaska Airlines. The airline currently serves Bozeman via its regional affiliate Horizon Air but this is the first time Alaska will send mainline jets to the airport, a mere 472 miles from Seattle.
Starting on May 21, 2020, two of the four Alaska Airlines flights between Seattle and Bozeman will be operated using Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft. In addition to being Montana’s busiest airport, Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport located in the Gallatin Valley is the only airport that offers year-round airline service to the two main Yellowstone National Park entrances.
The airport’s director, Brian Sprenger, offered an enthusiastic response to the arrival of Alaska Airlines’ mainline jets to the airport: “Alaska has served [Bozeman] for over 30 years through their Horizon Air subsidiary and we are pleased to see the market support Alaska using mainline A319/A320 aircraft into the [Bozeman] market,”
“With this addition, all eight airlines serving [Bozeman] utilize mainline aircraft for all or a portion of their flights into [Bozeman].”
The 7:05 a.m. flight from Bozeman to Seattle will be operated with an Airbus A320 while the 3:35 p.m. flight will be operated with an Airbus A319. On the reverse trip, the 12 p.m. flight from Seattle to Bozeman will be operated with an A319 while the 9:10 p.m. flight from will be operated with an A320.
Horizon Air currently sends its largest aircraft, the Embraer E175, to Bozeman with frequencies varying throughout the year. The E175 is a regional workhorse for Horizon, serving destinations as far as St. Louis from Seattle.
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