Horizon to offer flights between L.A. and Mammoth resort

Beginning Dec. 18, Horizon Air will add nonstop service between Los Angeles and Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

The service will operate during the California ski season and will continue through April 12, 2009.

Officials at Mammoth Mountain Resort say the flights will boost the community's spring and winter tourism efforts by providing a direct link to the Southern California market.

"The addition of commercial air service to Mammoth represents a big step toward realizing our shared vision to become a destination resort community," said Rusty Gregory, CEO of Mammoth Mountain.

"Horizon's daily flights will allow the world to experience what Southern Californians have known for decades; that Mammoth is for everyone who wants to play big in the mountains," Gregory added.

Horizon Air is a subsidiary of the Alaska Air Group, and operates its flights in a partnership with sister carrier Alaska Airlines.

Horizon will operate one daily round-trip flight between Los Angeles and the Mammoth Yosemite Airport, about five miles from Mammoth Lakes. The carrier will use Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.