Alaska Airlines to fly between Boise and Moscow-Pullman
Alaska Airlines will soon be offering flights between Moscow-Pullman Airport and Boise Airport.
The airline cut services to Boise from Moscow-Pullman more than 10 years ago, and University of Idaho President C. Scott Green said the university had lost about 200 students per year due to the inaccessibility of the Moscow campus to residents of the Boise region.
The State Board of Education on Thursday authorized the University of Idaho to enter into an air services agreement with Alaska Airlines that guarantees the airline a maximum of $ 500,000 per year for three years, if scheduled flights are not profitable. .
As part of the agreement, Alaska Airlines will operate daily flights five days a week between Moscow-Pullman and Boise. If successful, the airline may agree to schedule more flights, Green said. Flights will be on board the 76-seat Bombardier Q400 from Alaska Airlines.
According to the service agreement, for all flights completed between Moscow-Pullman and Boise over the next three years, Alaska will calculate its overall flight revenue and subtract it from the cost of the service. If there is a deficit in the calculation, the university will pay this deficit, up to $ 500,000 per year.
“The Treasure Valley is our biggest market for recruiting students,” Green told the board on Thursday. He added that university staff are also required to visit Boise during legislative sessions.
Green said the financial risk of the university guarantee will be worth it if the U of I can recruit the 200 lost students per year.
Following clearance from the State Board, Green said the university plans to sign the deal and may make an announcement on flights next week.