Alaska Airlines plans to add three new cities to its route map soon, airline officials told analysts today.
The SeaTac-based airline said it plans to add about seven to eight percent capacity in 2013, some to new cities but also some to existing cities by using larger aircraft on some existing routes.
The airline declined to name the new cities it plans to serve, reserving those announcements for later this year.
The airline said it may adjust some schedules to Hawaii in the next few months, but the huge surge of growth that the airline has seen to the Aloha State is largely over. Alaska jumped into the Hawaii market five years ago when Aloha and ATA airlines, both of which used to serve the 50th state, went out of business.
Meanwhile, executives at Alaska said the airline may begin flying Q400 turboprop aircraft to some cities within Alaska. Those aircraft would be operated by Alaska’s sister airline, Horizon Air. Alaska itself flies only Boeing 737 jets in Alaska.