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October 07, 2005 18:28 ET

Horizon Air Dispatchers Approve Contract

SEATTLE--(CCNMatthews - Oct 7, 2005) -

Horizon Air was notified today by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) that the airline's dispatchers have ratified -- with a vote of 95 percent in favor -- the agreement on a new three-year contract.

"This agreement is a result of hard work by both the company and the TWU," said John Plowman, president of TWU local 542. "Both of us not only talked, but more importantly, we communicated. It was through this communication that we were able to forge a fair agreement that meets the needs of the company and also recognizes the professionalism of the Horizon Air flight dispatchers."

"Our ability to conclude this agreement in a timely fashion is a result of trust that's been developed between the company and TWU over a number of contracts through the years," said Gene Hahn, Horizon's vice president of flight operations.

Horizon's dispatchers are responsible for the flight planning and tracking that supports the safe progress of each of the airline's flights from origin to destination. They are the primary command and control link with Horizon's pilots, providing weather, airport facility and other flight safety information.

Founded in 1981, Horizon currently serves 46 cities throughout California, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and British Columbia and Alberta. The airline flew more than 5 million passengers last year. In 2004, Horizon's average on-time performance exceeded that of all major continental U.S. airlines tracked by the Department of Transportation. Together, Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines serve more than 80 cities and are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK).

For more news and information, visit the Horizon Air/Alaska Airlines newsroom at http://newsroom.alaskaair.com.

Contact Information

  • Horizon Air
    Dan Russo, 206-431-4513