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Alaska Airlines adds 3 airports to network; has 300+ routes; international capacity at record high

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Alaska Airlines is the US’s fifth-largest airline by available seats in W23. Examining Cirium schedule information shows that it accounts for about 5% of the country’s domestic market and 2% of international. This hides the fact that international seats are at their highest level for the season. The Alaska Airlines Group’s intention to acquire Hawaiian Airlines continues.

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Three airports have joined its network recently

Examining Cirium data shows that Alaska Airlines plans to serve 124 airports this winter. Some 106 airports are domestic in 38 states, while 18 airports are international in Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico.

Its portfolio includes three new airports to its network, as follows. It has resulted in a change to its longest route, which is now Seattle-Nassau (4,650 kilometres).

  • Toronto YYZ: to begin on 16 May 2024, from Seattle (daily)
  • Nassau: began on 15 December 2023, from Los Angeles (4-weekly) and Seattle (3-weekly)
  • Guatemala City: started on 14 December 2023, from Los Angeles (daily)

10 airports were removed from network in the past decade

Relating Alaska Airlines’ airport portfolio to that of the past decade indicates that 10 airports are no longer served:

  • 2021: Cold Bay
  • 2018: Havana, Lewiston, Mammoth Lakes, Mexico City, New York LGA
  • 2017: Colorado Springs, Gunnison
  • 2015: Dutch Habor, Long Beach

Seattle remains the number one hub; Portland’s recovery is slow

While Alaska Airlines’ overall W23 capacity is down by 8% versus W19, Seattle – naturally overwhelmingly its main hub – has bucked the trend. Seats are just 1% lower than they were. Its route network from the airport has risen from 90 to 100 in this period.

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The Washington state airport is now three-and-a-half times the size of number two, Portland. It is notable just how much Portland’s capacity has reduced, yet its Portland network has increased by one route versus W19.

The reduction in seats – and flights, down by 30% – is partly from the exit of the Q400s, previously Alaska Airlines’ second most used equipment at the airport. Upgauging means that seats per departure have risen by 9% to 122. Larger aircraft and lower frequencies partly explain the difference.

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300+ winter routes

Alaska Airlines has 260+ domestic routes this winter, alongside 43 international. The latter operate from eight airports, but especially Los Angeles (13 routes), Seattle (10), and San Francisco (six). Not surprisingly, no international route comes close to being in the carrier’s top 10.

The list is crowned by Seattle-Anchorage, one of nine Seattle routes to make the top 10. Non-stop capacity – which excludes the airline’s milk-run multi-stop services – has increased by a healthy 14% versus W19. There are 98-weekly departures in March against Delta’s 25.

Top 10 Alaska Airlines routes W23

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