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Alaska Airlines adding San Antonio to its route map

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on May 30, 2012 at 7:15 am |
May 30, 2012 7:22 am

SeaTac’s Alaska Airlines is adding San Antonio to its expanding repertoire of east-of-the-Rockies destination cities.

The airline is offering fares to San Antonio for $139 each way if purchased by June 13 for travel from Sept. 17 through Nov. 7.

Non-stop daily service to the historic Texas city begins Sept. 17. San Antonio, home of the Alamo and the Riverwalk, becomes the fourth Texas metropolis served by Alaska. The airline began service to Dallas in 2005 and to Houston and Austin in 2009.

San Antonio is the 16th city east of the Rocky Mountains that Alaska serves from the West Coast. Before 2001, the airline’s route map didn’t extend east of the Rockies. In recent months, the airline has added Kansas City, Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale to its list of beyond-the-Rockies destinations. Philadelphia flights from Sea-Tac begin June 11. Fort Lauderdale flights start July 16.

In addition to the new San Antonio non-stop, Alaska is bolstering its San Diego presence with a new non-stop flight from that Southern California beach city to Orlando. That flight will begin Oct. 12.

Alaska is building San Diego into a major emphasis city in its route system this year with new flights scheduled to begin next week from San Diego to Monterey, Santa Rosa and Fresno in California and to Orlando in October. Alaska unsuccessfully applied to connect San Diego with Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport. US Airways won that connection.

Alaska already connects San Diego with Seattle, Portland, Hawaii and Mexico.

Other additions to Alaska’s fall schedule include a new non-stop connection between Portland and Reagan National beginning Aug. 28 and a second daily non-stop between Seattle and Atlanta.

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