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Horizon Air announced today it is discontinuing service between Flagstaff and Los Angeles starting Aug. 22.

The Flagstaff service cutback is one of six Horizon routes being discontinued and two others that will see fewer flights.

"It's unfortunate when schedule frequency is reduced or service discontinued, and we regret any inconvenience these changes will cause," said Dan Russo, Horizon's vice president of marketing and communications, in a press release. "In all cases, we explored a variety of alternatives before arriving at this outcome."

The pullout by Horizon will leave Flagstaff's Pulliam Airport with just one commercial airline. U.S. Air Express operates daily connector flights between Flagstaff and Phoenix-Sky Harbor.

The city of Flagstaff had awarded Horizon approximately $600,000 in subsidies and airport improvements during its first year of operation out of Pulliam starting in June 2008. Those subsidies were scaled back substantially in the second year beginning last June.

Russo said customers holding tickets on flights affected by the changes will be accommodated on other flights or offered a full refund.

Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines serve more than 90 cities and are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group, Inc.

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