Alaska Airlines Adds 8 Routes, Drops 11 in West Coast Shakeup

Aug 29, 2019

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Alaska Airlines is doubling down on its West Coast footprint, announcing eight new nonstop routes within the region and increased frequencies on several existing routes.

Alaska’s hub in Los Angeles (LAX) got half of the new routes while San Francisco (SFO) landed three. San Diego (SAN), a focus city for Alaska, landed the last of the new routes.

Also coming up big was Oregon’s Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM), which also landed three new routes. With the additions, the airport — which also serves the central Oregon city of Bend — will get nonstop service both of Alaska’s California hubs as well as to San Diego. Alaska also targeted Spokane (GEG), Washington, for expansion, adding new routes to both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

“We’re excited to offer even more nonstops between vibrant Pacific Northwest communities and our growing hubs in California,” Brett Catlin, Alaska’s managing director of capacity planning and alliances, said in a Wednesday statement detailing the new routes. “Whether it’s travel for a weekend getaway to Missoula or a day trip to San Francisco, we’re proud to offer nearly 600 daily flights between West Coast cities.”

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However, Alaska’s additions are being at least partially offset by cuts elsewhere. The carrier is dropping 11 nonstop routes and will reduce another five from year-round to seasonal service. The biggest cuts were at San Diego — six permanent cuts and one seasonal downgrade — and San Francisco (two permanent cuts and four seasonal downgrades).

Many of the routes that were dropped or reduced were between between California and Alaska’s destinations in the eastern and central US. Philadelphia (PHL), Raleigh/Durham (RDU), Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP), Kansas City (MCI) and Omaha (OMA) in Nebraska were among the markets seeing dropped flights or seasonal changes.

The move comes after Alaska Airlines in July announced plans to beef up service from its stronghold markets in the Pacific Northwest to warm-weather sun-focused destinations in California, Hawaii and Florida.

“We expect those leisure markets to perform better in the low season,” Alaska Airlines said in a statement to TPG when asked about the route changes announced Wednesday. “California seasonal exits are allowing us to reallocate aircraft for those added frequencies. In the spring, we’ll add flying to our California hub and focus cities, bringing them back up to or above current levels of service.”

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A full list of Alaska Airlines adds, drops and changes are below.

NEW ROUTES

Los Angeles

Boise: Begins March 19; two daily round-trip flights on Embraer E175 aircraft

Missoula: Begins March 19; one daily round-trip flight on Embraer E175 aircraft

Redmond/Bend: Begins Jan. 7; one daily round-trip flight on Embraer E175 aircraft

Spokane: Begins Jan. 7; two daily round-trip flights on Embraer E175 aircraft

San Diego

Redmond/Bend: Begins March 19; one daily round-trip flight on Embraer E175 aircraft

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San Francisco

Anchorage: Begins April 20; one daily round-trip flight on Boeing 737 aircraft

Spokane: Begins Jan. 7; two daily round-trip flights on Embraer E175 aircraft

Redmond/Bend: Begins March 19; one daily round-trip flight on Embraer E175 aircraft

DROPPED/REDUCED ROUTES

San Francisco

Permanent exits

Albuquerque: Last flight is Nov. 4

Kansas City: Last flight is Nov. 4

Becoming seasonal

Nashville: Last flight is Nov. 4, resumes April 20

Baltimore: Last flight is Nov. 4, resumes March 18

Philadelphia: Last flight is Nov. 4, resumes April 20

Raleigh/Durham: Last flight is Nov. 4, resumes April 20

Los Angeles

Philadelphia: Last flight is Nov. 4

San Diego

Permanent exits

Albuquerque: Last flight is Nov. 4

El Paso, Texas: Last flight is Jan. 6

Kansas City: Last flight is Jan. 6

Minneapolis/St. Paul: Last flight is Jan. 6

Omaha, Nebraska: Last flight is Nov. 4

St. Louis: Last flight is Nov. 4

Becoming seasonal

Baltimore (BWI): Last flight is Sept. 29, resumes May 20

Other markets

Boise, Idaho-Reno, Nevada: Last flight is Jan. 6

San Jose, California-Burbank, California: Last flight is Nov. 4

FREQUENCY INCREASES

San Francisco

Chicago O’Hare: Beginning March 19, schedule goes to two daily round-trip flights from one

Orange County/Santa Ana, California: Beginning Jan. 7, schedule goes to seven daily round-trip flights from six

San Diego

Boise: Beginning March 19, service goes to two daily round-trip flights from one

Boston: Beginning May 21, service goes to two daily round-trip flights from one

Orlando: Starting Jan. 7, service goes to daily from five times a week

San Jose, California: Beginning March 19, service goes to six daily round-trip flights from four

Santa Rosa, California: Beginning March 19, service goes to two daily round-trip flights from one

Featured image courtesy of Alaska Airlines.

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