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SeaTac’s Alaska Airlines opening a San Diego flight attendant base

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Jan. 22, 2013 at 11:21 am |
January 22, 2013 11:21 am

SeaTac-based Alaska Airlines will be opening a San Diego flight attendant base, the fifth in its system, on April 1.

The opening of the new base in San Diego is a reflection of the growth of Alaska’s network from the Southern California city.

“This is an exciting time for us,” said Andy Schneider, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of inflight services. “As one of our fastest-growing cities, the time was right to open a base in San Diego—a city where many of our flight attendants already live.”

In recent months, Alaska has added flights to Hawaii,  to Orlando, and to Fresno, Monterey and Santa Rosa in California from San Diego.  Alaska will begin new San Diego-Boston service on March 29 and flights to Lihue, Kauai, on June 7.

Schneider said about 15 percent of the flight attendants needed at the new base already live in San Diego and commute more than two hours to Los Angeles and other airports in the area. She expects the sunny Southern California location will easily attract the additional employees needed to staff the base.

In addition to reducing the company’s employee travel costs, the new San Diego base is also expected to help with on-time performance since flight attendants will be living in the San Diego region rather than commuting to a different airport for departures.

In addition to San Diego, Alaska Airlines has flight attendant bases in Anchorage, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle.

By this summer, Alaska Airlines will operate 24 departures a day from San Diego during the peak season.

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