Alaska Airlines Hits Pause on Dallas Love Field Plans

Jul 1, 2019

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Alaska Airlines is putting off its plans to grow at Dallas Love Field, dropping two California routes in favor of more service to its hubs.

The Seattle-based carrier will end its three daily flights to San Diego (SAN) and San Jose (SJC) in California from Love Field (DAL) on Nov. 4, Diio by Cirium schedules show and Alaska confirms. The next day, the company will add an additional daily flight from DAL to its hubs in Seattle (SEA) and Portland (PDX), Oregon, as well as resume a third daily flight to San Francisco (SFO).

“This change allows Alaska Airlines to increase service to both Seattle and Portland from Dallas Love Field and maximize the opportunities for our customers to connect to destinations across our entire network,” an Alaska spokesman says.

The airline’s service between Love Field and Los Angeles (LAX) remains unchanged.

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Alaska exclusively operates Embraer 175 aircraft on its flights to Love Field.

The terminal at Dallas Love Field is capped at 20 gates, making access a sought after commodity. Alaska controls two gates by way of its 2016 acquisition of Virgin America, and Southwest Airlines 18 gates. However, a pending court case between the city of Dallas, Delta Air Lines and Southwest threatens to change the balance of gate access at the airport.

The city of Dallas wants to move Delta to one of Alaska’s gates that are designed for up to 20 flights a day but only see around 13 daily flights today. In response to that proposal, Alaska said in January that it plans to grow to up to 19 daily flights at Love Field.

A federal judge is scheduled to hear the case on gate access at Love Field in September.

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Alaska’s decision to drop flights to San Diego and San Jose are the latest cuts to its network from Dallas Love Field. The company ended service to New York LaGuardia and Washington Reagan National from the Texas airport in October 2018 after leasing its slots at both East Coast airports to Southwest.

Separately, Alaska will boost frequencies on a number of leisure routes this winter. The company will add an additional flight from Seattle to Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Orlando (MCO) and Tampa (TPA) in Florida, as well as between Orlando and Portland (PDX) beginning in November.

The airline will also add frequencies to Bozeman (BZN), Montana, and Kahului (OGG) in Hawaii from Seattle, and to Palm Springs (PSP), California, from Portland (PDX). This is in addition to its previously announced new service between Paine Field (PAE) north of Seattle and Palm Springs that begins in November.

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Alaska is not keeping every sun route out of the Pacific Northwest this winter. The company is suspending its seasonal winter routes to Kahului and Kona (KOA) in Hawaii from Bellingham (BLI), Washington, according to Diio schedules. The company has served the Kahului route since 2012, and the Kona route since 2016.

The Bellingham reductions are part of the carrier’s routine schedule adjustments, the spokesman says.

Alaska will continue to serve Bellingham from its Seattle hub, schedules show.

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