Alaska737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1063 posts, RR: 4 Posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4032 times:
So tonight I was searching for a flight home on October 3rd on alaskaair.com. I decided to check both Phoenix and Flagstaff and when I searched a flight from FLG to LAX it showed a stop in Prescott, I quickly checked the newsroom and route map and noticed nothing about PRC, I then attempted to search for a flight on the same day from PRC to LAX but the website did not recognize "PRC" or "Prescott". I then searched for the same FLG flight on September 9th and it showed PRC as a stop, when I searched for a flight on the 8th it showed no stop. So does this mean that Horizon is actually/foresure planning on flying to PRC?
If they are what are they going to do about the terminal, no way that could hold 76 people, not that 76 people will ever get on/off that plane in PRC, unless LAX goes on hold!
Wedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6237 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3932 times:
Quoting Alaska737 (Thread starter): If they are what are they going to do about the terminal, no way that could hold 76 people, not that 76 people will ever get on/off that plane in PRC, unless LAX goes on hold!
There was a thread here a couple of months ago that stated that the city of Prescott had selected QX for new flights and that schedules and fares were being worked out.
The only way I could see a lot of PRC passengers would be students/faculty from ERAU there. I'm sure the students would flip to see Q400's there, but they would have see it at night or first thing in the morning. Interestingly enough as you pointed out, the service starts when the ERAU students head back to school.
I guess we'll see some sort of the a press release soon.
The problem PRC has always had is that the main service has always been to PHX and when all things are considered it is often more convenient and/or cheaper to use the van shuttles or self drive to PHX and fly direct from there. (I lived in PRC a few years ago and more often drove to PHX then flew)
QX offers the tempting alternative of LAX. I can't imagine the O&D traffic will be very big but the connecting opportunities along the West coast could make the service work, especially if PRC is a leg in the LAX-FLG service. The downside of course would be why fly West if you really want to go East? PHX would still be the more attractive answer timewise for Eastbound passengers so QX may never get those folks. Still, I hope it works out for QX, LAX is a nice service for the folks at PRC to shout about.
Maybe someone in the distant future could offer DEN service from PRC.
Tugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 6612 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3820 times:
Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 1): The only way I could see a lot of PRC passengers would be students/faculty from ERAU there.
Quoting Imapilotaz (Reply 2): They like the MSA demographics on the market to be able to carry its own weight. i dont think it will work long term.
CNN just hosted an AP article featuring Prescott's plight: http://edition.cnn.com/2008/TRAVEL/06/06/rural.airports.ap/
It's interesting in that it doesn't really talk about ERAU at all as being a factor in airport service. Instead its all the retiree's and the business' that are there that don't want to drive two hours to get on a plane (and to come home).
Quoting MMEPHX (Reply 3): QX offers the tempting alternative of LAX. I can't imagine the O&D traffic will be very big but the connecting opportunities along the West coast could make the service work, especially if PRC is a leg in the LAX-FLG service. The downside of course would be why fly West if you really want to go East?
The key problem is always the price point at which people will pay to fly vs driving to Skyharbor, I guess they figure that LAX will achieve that while people who are going to fly 4 hours to the east will more like drive those two hours than will people flying west.
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Flyboy7974 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3705 times:
Press conference is Monday, I think 1pm at our local airport. I'm watching flightaware for the Q400 to come in if they are for the conference, I'm not sure, but start date is I think Sept 9 for flights to FLG/LAX.
Alaska737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1063 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3252 times:
Directly From alaskaair.com, service starts the 9th.
Prescott City Guide
Prescott is home to some of the most amazing natural beauty found in Northern Arizona. The city and surrounding area offers something for everyone - museums, art galleries, six golf courses, five lakes, and fine dining.
With a relatively cool climate at its mile-plus high altitude, this old mining town has twice served as the capital of Arizona territory and is now home to a community of artists and many businesses which cater to visitors.
Prescott is consistently named one of the southwest's best places to live or visit itself as a place where history lives on. Bronze plaques throughout the downtown historical district provide history lessons. Over 600 buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Courthouse Plaza is the pivot around which the town was designed and built. Today, this famous landmark is surrounded by quaint boutiques, top-notch restaurants, and an eclectic mix of galleries featuring local, regional, and national artists.
If you love the outdoors, the area boasts 450 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback trails, spread out over a million acres of the Prescott National Forest. Five area lakes are great for canoeing or kayaking.
Prescott can also serve as the base for exploring Northern Arizona. You can start in Prescott and head east over the mountains into Jerome, a mining community turned artist colony. Then drop into Cottonwood on your way to spectacular Sedona. Highway 89A continues up into Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon area.
Future pilots and astronauts can check out Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. The campus covers 539 acres of high-altitude western terrain. The school's flight training center is located at nearby Prescott Love Field Municipal Airport.
You've eaten there too? I remember in 2002 going up there many times for their famous 'all-you-can-eat' Crab on Friday nights. We knew the people that ran the resturaunt and normally got the food free. The airport itself was a little 'dead' but it was fun to see all the sights from the hill.
Quoting Alaska737 (Reply 21): you think there kinda trying to compete with Mesa? I mean they are weak and Horizon could just be trying to steal some smaller western markets.
I dunno. Have you seen how expensive it is to fly on YV PHX-FLG these days? My god! And the flights are always, always full back and forth.