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Alaska Airlines adding two new non-stop destinations from Sea-Tac, two from San Diego

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on July 1, 2013 at 12:10 pm with No Comments »
July 1, 2013 12:59 pm

Alaska Airlines will add Colorado Springs and Omaha to its repertoire of non-stop destinations from Sea-Tac Airport beginning next fall.

The SeaTac-based airline will also augment its Portland schedule with non-stop flights from there to Reno and Tucson.

Horizon Air will fly from Portland to Reno with its Q400 propjets for Alaska
Horizon Air will fly from Portland to Reno with its Q400 propjets for Alaska

The non-stop service from Sea-Tac to Colorado Springs begins Nov. 1.  Omaha will join Alaska’s route structure Nov. 7.

Alaska last operated from Portland to Reno in 2009 and from Portland to Tucson in 2003.

At least two airlines, Frontier and Western Pacific, have tried providing non-stop service from Seattle to Colorado Springs.  Both discontinued the service.  Frontier had made Colorado Springs a “focus city” with non-stops to several major destinations.  The airline pulled out of the airport earlier this year.

Western Pacific was a start-up carrier that based its operations in Colorado Springs.  It went bankrupt in the late ’90s.

Both Frontier and Western Pacific flew full-size jets with 135 or so seats on the route. Alaska plans to use 70-seat CRJ-700s on the route flown on its behalf by SkyWest Airlines. Those smaller jets might better fit the traffic generated on the route.

Skywest will also fly the Seattle-Omaha route and the Portland-Tucson flights.  Alaska’s regional sister airline, Horizon Air, will fly the Portland-Reno route using 76-seat Q400 propjets.

In other additions to its route structure, Alaska is continuing to beef up its San Diego route network with new flights to Boise and to Mammoth Lakes, Calif. during the ski season.

The Boise-San Diego flights will be year-round. Those flights begin Nov. 1. SkyWest will fly that route for Alaska with its regional jets.  The seasonal flight to Mammoth Lakes will operate Dec. 19 through April 13.  Horizon Air will operate those ski flights with its Q400 aircraft.



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