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Alaska Airlines to exit COS due to pilot shortage


COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Horizon Airlines, the regional carrier for Alaska Airlines, announced that current pilot shortages have forced them to discontinue service to Colorado Springs, effective November 4. The airline currently provides one daily flight to Seattle, WA. An Alaska Airlines spokesperson stated that, “Unfortunately, these shortages are expected to continue for some time.” Since August of this year, the airline has exited a number of markets due to the pilot shortage.

“While we are disappointed that the Colorado Springs Airport is losing service from Alaska Airlines in November, we are aggressively pursuing other carriers to provide service to Seattle, an important destination for our region,” said Greg Phillips, Director of Aviation.

Through July this year, Alaska’s load factors at Colorado Springs is at 83 percent, which matches the current national average for U.S. airline domestic traffic.