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Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 5:10 pm

Santa Rosa airport reports higher traffic in February

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    Horizon Q400 at STS

    Horizon Air’s planes currently carry passengers between Santa Rosa and West Coast destinations.

    SANTA ROSA — Commercial air travel at Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport was greater in February than during the same month in 2013, according to the airport’s monthly passenger report.

    Total passenger volume increased 4.7 percent, totaling 15,642. There were 31,345 passengers for the first two months of the year, up 4.6 percent.

    Aircraft for the airport’s sole commercial carrier, Horizon Air, flew at 73 percent average capacity during the month. Aircraft were at an average 69 percent capacity for the same month last year.

    The carrier, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group, currently serves four destinations: Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland and Seattle. Sonoma County Airport is also in the early stages of a two year, $53.8 million project to lengthen and realign its two runways to comply with new federal standards.

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    1. March 11, 2014, 12:32 am

      by George Prince

      Are there any plans for new aircraft to service the airport? It appears that Alaskan Airlines has a monopoly on the airport. Is that right?

    2. March 11, 2014, 10:56 am

      by Jeff Quackenbush, Business Journal Staff Reporter

      Alaska Air Group’s Horizon Air is the only commercial airline serving Sonoma County Airport currently. There is a runway expansion project under construction, and that is expected to attract more carriers. See: “2014 Trends: Transportation: North Bay transit projects to reach milestones.”

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