Horizon Air Cancels Hundreds of Flights, some from Tri-Cities
SEATTLE, Wash.- Horizon Air canceled more than 100 flights Wednesday, including numerous flights from the Tri-Cities.
The move comes after the regional carrier grounded 19 of it's Bombardier Q-400s.
Horizon Air says only four flights at the Tri-Cities Airport were canceled, two coming in from Seattle and two leaving, and those passengers were given other options, including other flights throughout the day to get across the mountains.
The cancellations come after two Bombardier Q-400 planes like the ones Horizon flies were involved in crash landings in Europe earlier this week.
Both of those planes had more than 10,000 flights on them so Horizon has grounded all of it's Q-400's with that many flights on record until the maker tells them what inspections are needed.
"Rather than take the chances and wait for the bureaucratic process to decide exactly what the best course of action was, we really wanted to be safe and put our aircraft on the ground and are waiting for bombardier," said Jen Boyer with the Seattle based carrier.
Horizon made the decision around midnight Tuesday night, and says they immediately started calling affected passengers to find solutions for them, including other Horizon flights between here and Seattle today.
But as for the future, Horizon says they still haven't heard from Bombardier, the plane's manufacturer for the next step to take, and because of that, we may see the same cancellations in Thursday's schedule, but we won't know that until later.