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University of Idaho guarantees profit to Alaska Airlines to bring back direct Boise flights

By: - June 17, 2021 5:12 pm

Alaska Air announced Thursday it will add a direct flight between Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport and Boise beginning Aug. 18. The route has not been available as a direct flight for about a decade, according to a news release.

The change is part of an agreement between Alaska Air and the University of Idaho, which is located in Moscow. The university guaranteed a profit for the first three years of the flight service and agreed to pay up to $500,000 each year if the airline does not make 10% more than the cost of the service’s operations, according to the release from the University of Idaho.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to join the University of Idaho and the region’s partners to support Alaska Airlines resumption of the Boise service,” Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport Executive Director Tony Bean said in the release.

Since air service from Boise to Lewiston was terminated in 2018, flights to the Moscow area have been routed through Seattle. According to the release, easy air access to Boise was important to the city of Moscow and the university.

“This flight eases travel burdens for much of north-central Idaho, adding a cost-effective and timely choice for travel for business, government, education and the general public,” University of Idaho President Scott Green said in the release. “The value to our students and their families and the potential this has to increase enrollment makes this guarantee a good business decision for the university.”

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Kelcie Moseley-Morris
Kelcie Moseley-Morris

Kelcie Moseley-Morris is an award-winning journalist who has covered many topics across Idaho since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University. Moseley-Morris started her journalism career at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, followed by the Lewiston Tribune and the Idaho Press.