SuperDash From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 572 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1647 times:
Quoting wedgetail737 (Reply 1): It's too bad that AS/QX won't reopen TWF and IDA. I think the State of Idaho really got stiffed by AS/QX Q400's.
Twin Falls didn't work with the Baby Dash 8s. Once Southwest entered Boise, people drove to Boise to get cheaper fares. Horizon couldn't make the :30 hop to Boise economically work on the Dash 8-200 so they had to end the service. Had the Q400 come on line earlier using it nonstop to Seattle from Twin could have been interesting (but that didn't work for Idaho Falls/Pocatello). Once QX left Twin, it was hard to justify re-opening it, even with the Sun Valley diversions (which eventually moved to Boise as well). Twin worked with Metroliners, but never worked with anything bigger for Horizon. Twin Falls died for Horizon long before the Q400. In reality, Pocatello was also a Metro city. The Dash 8 didn't work well there either, but it lived longer.
I think lot's of places were victims of the 200 leaving and the 400 arriving. LMT, OTH, PDT just here in Oregon, Guess AS wanted a larger regional carrier, AS consolidated their fleet to just 2 types 737's & Q400's, that process seemed to work well and made some real money, what else could you want, as a shareholder. But as an enthusiast or traveller it does blow.