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May 16, 2008 | General

Horizon Air will begin service to its second new Canadian city since the signing of the U.S.-Canada Open Skies agreement when it launches new nonstop jet service to Edmonton. Horizon is the only airline to begin new service from Sea-Tac to Canada since the agreement was signed last spring. In June, Horizon began jet service from Sea-Tac to Calgary.

Horizon will fly 62-seat Fokker F-18 twin jets three times daily from Seattle to Edmonton, the Provincial capital of Alberta. Business travellers, many whom have found new markets in Canada as a result of the free trade agreement, will be just one hour and 25 minutes from Edmonton by air. Edmonton is expected to be popular with tourist travelers who will enjoy the area’s natural beauty, its many festivals and cultural events, and the famous West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping mall in the world.

Many of those flying from Seattle to Edmonton on the new service will have originated elsewhere, there-by expanding Sea-Tac’s role as an international gateway airport. Among the airlines expected to bring passengers to Seattle for Edmonton flights are Horizon partners Alaska Airlines and Northwest Airlines. Alaska offers frequent nonstop service to Seattle from the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, and Nevada, while Northwest flies to Seattle to Hawaii, and the Far East cities of Hong Kong, Osaka, and Tokyo.

Formed in 1981, Seattle-based Horizon Air is the fourth largest regional airline in the U.S., and serves 39 cities (including Edmonton) throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California, Alberta, and British Columbia.