Alaska Airlines Cuts Routes From Dallas to NYC and DC

Apr 24, 2018

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Alaska Airlines announced Tuesday that it will be ending its flights from Dallas-Love Field (DAL) to both New York LaGuardia (LGA) and Washington, DC’s Reagan Airport (DCA). The flights will end this fall, Alaska CEO Brad Tilden said in the airline’s first quarter earnings call, saying the routes were “not strategic” for the company at this time.

The Seattle-based carrier said it would lease the open slots at both airports to Southwest Airlines. The 10-year lease begins in October and has been approved by the US Justice Department, Bloomberg reports.

It’s not yet clear what destinations Southwest will serve with the two new East Coast slots, but it means six new round-trip flights at LGA and four new round-trips at DCA. The takeoff and landing opportunities at the two busy airports are not up for grabs often. “We expect to share details in the coming weeks about the additional Southwest service made possible by this transaction,” a Southwest spokesperson told TPG in an email.

The changes are part of Alaska’s merger with Virgin America. It effectively means the end of any Alaska service at LGA, as the route to DAL is the carrier’s only one at LaGuardia. (Alaska does, however, operate several routes out of New York [JFK] and Newark [EWR]).

At DCA, Alaska will still offer service to Seattle (SEA), San Francisco (SFO), Portland (PDX) and Los Angeles (LAX).

Alaska originally inherited the LGA-DAL and DCA-DAL routes from Virgin America, which established them in 2014. When Virgin America operated the flights, it used Airbus A319/A320 aircraft. When Alaska took over, it changed the flights to regional routes using Embraer 175-LRs.

Before trimming these two routes, Alaska had been beefing up its service out of DAL. Last year, the carrier added nonstop routes from DAL to PDX, San Jose (SJC), San Diego (SAN) and two daily flights to SEA.

H/T: Travel Codex

Featured image by FG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images.

American Express® Green Card

WELCOME OFFER: 30,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $600

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: up to $100 annual CLEAR statement credit, up to $100 annual LoungeBuddy statement credit, 3x points on travel and transit, 3x points on restaurants worldwide

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 30,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $2,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on all eligible travel, from subway swipes and window seats to hotel stays and city tours.
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points at restaurants worldwide.
  • Receive up to $100 per year in statement credits when you use the American Express® Green Card to pay for your CLEAR® membership at select airports and stadiums across the U.S. and Permissible Biometric Scanning Technology terms: eye scanning, irises scanning and fingerprints scanning.
  • Use the American Express® Green Card to purchase lounge access through LoungeBuddy to any of the lounges in the LoungeBuddy network – no memberships, elite statuses, or first class tickets required. Earn up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year on your LoungeBuddy purchases.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $150 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
See Rates & Fees
Annual Fee
$150
Balance Transfer Fee
See Terms
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.