December 2016 
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NEW! 
PDX NONSTOP FLIGHTS START DEC 17!
Join us for the Inaugural flight celebration! 
We are very excited to welcome our newest nonstop flight from Portland to Sun Valley, starting this winter on Saturday, Dec 17.  Flight is scheduled to arrive at 12:10pm and will be full of happy passengers!  We will welcome them to Sun Valley with champagne, cake and goody bags. Please join us! 


WINTER FLIGHTS START ON DEC 16

The holidays will soon be here and that means MORE flights from 6 nonstop cities this winter!
  • New nonstop flight from Portland (PDX) to Sun Valley (SUN) on Alaska Airlines, starting Dec 17, 2016. The new flight will run twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, for the winter season as well as during the summer 2017 season.
  • Alaska expanded its winter flights from Seattle (SEA) to start for Thanksgiving, with two daily flights during the holidays and additional daily weekend flights during February and March.
  • Delta Air Lines will offer a new daily nonstop flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to SUN during the holidays and March and on weekends during January and February. Delta will also offer a new daily nonstop flight from Seattle to SUN over the holidays and on Saturdays all winter.
  • United Airlines will now offer both its San Francisco (SFO) and Denver (DEN) flights daily during the full winter season.
  See full winter flight schedule HERE 

BIG NEWS!
ALASKA ANNOUNCES USE OF RNP APPROACH AT SUN
Approach procedure expected to improve reliability and reduce diversions by 95%!  
Alaska Airlines Photo Alaska Airlines' sister carrier, Horizon Air, has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to begin using its proprietary Required Navigation Performance (RNP) instrument approach procedure at Friedman Memorial Airport near Sun Valley. The procedure is expected to reduce weather-related diversions by 95 percent allowing Horizon to have the best access to Sun Valley of any airline. It is projected to reduce diversions for Horizon from an average of 40 to 50 per year down to one to two estimated diversions per year. WOW!
 


WHAT SUN AIR TRAVELERS ARE SAYING....
 
"As a retail merchant, fine jewelry manufacturer, and employer for over 44 years, I have seen and experienced many changes in the quest for air service over the years.  We have had private companies sponsor flights, as well as Sun Valley Company, City of Ketchum, City of Sun Valley, helping augment the cost of flights.  The Elkhorn Resort had direct ties with Horizon Airlines at one time. I have seen and can document a direct correlation in the level of business with seasonal flight service.  Retail business will start and stop with along with the flight schedules. The efforts of the Fly Sun Valley Alliance have finally put regular, expanded service within reach for our destination and travelers.  The continuing efforts to add more nonstop flights from more cities have been fantastic.  New tourist customers, second home owners, and locals are finding it much more convenient to get in and out of town. And all the new improvements at our airport have not gone unnoticed. Congratulations to all involved - I strongly believe these air service development efforts need to continue for our community's long lasting success."      Thanks again,  
 
   
Barry Peterson
Owner/Barry Peterson Jewelers
Ketchum
   
 




Would you like to tell us how  the improved SUN air service and airport has enhanced your travel experience? Please email us at [email protected]  Thank you!


MTN RIDES AIRPORT SERVICE STARTS DEC 24  
This new "Ride & FLY" route will connect Friedman Airport (SUN) with downtown Hailey, downtown Ketchum and Sun Valley Resort Village. It will run during the peak winter season, Dec 24 - March 26, in correspondence with flight times; however, late night and early morning flights cannot be accommodated during the first year.  It will stop at only a couple of stops per town and would be primarily for airport travelers, but it would also help Valley Route capacity and connectivity.  It would connect to almost all flights except the earliest departure (7:00am) and the latest arrival (10:55pm).
 
The schedule is designed to arrive 90 minutes prior to scheduled flight departures and depart 30 minutes after scheduled flight arrival times. The one-way cash fare will be $12.00 to/from Ketchum-Sun Valley; $4 to/from Hailey. Details at www.mountainrides.org      

NEW CONCESSIONS AT AIRPORT NOW OPEN
SUN travelers now can enjoy a variety of fresh food and beverage options at the new airport concessions run by Hailey's popular deli restaurant, Jersey Girl. The concessions are located in the airport's departure lounge and will be open to service passengers on departing flights.  A new Vyykn water station is available in this area. 

FMAA MEETING NOTICE: 
The next meeting of the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority:  
Tuesday, January 3, 5:30pm Old Blaine County Courthouse, Hailey
FMAA board meeting agendas and packets available HERE 
 
Get the lastest SUN Airport Stats HERE 
Get the latest SUN Airport Updates HERE

 

FLY SUN VALLEY ALLIANCE 

Non-profit organization with a mission:

Improve Air Service to SUN

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