Big Sky Airlines shifting service to PDX
Billings, Mont.-based Big Sky Airlines announced it will shift some service from Seattle to Portland in February.
The airline, a subsidiary of MAIR Holdings Inc., announced plans for two nonstop flights each business day from Moses Lake, Wash., to Portland and one nonstop from Moses Lake to Boise, idaho. The Moses Lake flights currently go through Seattle.
An increase in operating costs at Sea-Tac Airport in 2004, as well as factors including congestion and inclement weather, drove the company to find a different hub, according to a report in the Columbia Basin Herald.
"We don't operate large aircraft, so we kind of end up getting parked wherever no one else is parked," Big Sky spokesman Craig Denney told the Herald.
The company expects weather conditions at PDX to be more conducive for landing its aircraft -- a fleet of 19-seat Fairchild Metros.
Big Sky Airlines partners with Alaska/Horizon Airlines, Northwest Airlines and America West Airlines and currently serves 18 cities in Montana, North Dakota, Washington and Idaho.