Horizon Air passenger counts are
positive, but still below goals
Despite challenging economic times, passenger enplanements
on Horizon Air at the Walla Walla Regional Airport remain strong.
January through July 2009 passenger enplanements totaled 18,574
as compared to 17,044 for the same period last year. A nine percent
increase in challenging economic times is positive news.
While passenger enplanements are up, Horizon considers Walla
Walla a marginal market. The Port along with the Walla Walla Valley
Chamber of Commerce Air Travel Coalition continues to encourage
travelers to fly out of Walla Walla whenever possible.
Port Commissioner Paul Schneidmiller points out that Horizon
needs improved load factors for each flight to break even in the
Walla Walla market. “Even though passenger enplanements are up,”
Schneidmiller said, “the Walla Walla market has not consistently met
the airline’s target. Retaining commercial air service is important to
our long-term economic vitality.”
WW Regional Airport Statistics
Number of aircraft operations
Estimated Horizon Passenger Boardings
Gallons of Aviation Fuel Sold (Jet A & 100LL)
Number of Aircraft Based at WW Regional Airport
For more than few Valley residents, a special “tour stop” of the B-17
Sentimental Journey at the Walla Walla Regional Airport was a reason to
remember their own service on board similar airplanes during World
Port Commissioner Paul Schneidmiller said that the availability of
the historic aircraft for tours and fl ights offered everybody, including
veterans who piloted B-17s and others who were assigned to
“Flying Fortress” crews, a unique opportunity to share their historic
experiences with families and friends. “I’ve never experienced anything
like it,” Schneidmiller said. “It really gave us a chance to reach out to
The Sentimental Journey visit was part of an August weekend that
included participation by businesses located at the airport.
“On behalf of the crew of the B-17 Sentimental Journey and
the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force , I want to
thank you for making our tour stop so successful and memorable.
We are still talking about your wonderful hospitality and the
welcoming ways of the people we met in Walla Walla.”
Dave Bende, CAF Arizona Wing