New Routes of the Day – Americas (15 June 2023): Alaska Airlines’ new routes from San Diego
Alaska Airlines introduced two new routes from San Diego with the addition of Eugene and Washington IAD to its network on Thursday 15 June. Both the 1,370-kilometre service to Eugene, operated with an E195, and the 3,625-kiloemtre route to Washington IAD, maintained with a 737-800, will run daily. Alaska Airlines will compete directly against Allegiant (2-weekly) and Southwest (weekly) on the Eugene service, while it faces 28-weekly United flights on its Washington IAD route.
What they said
Neil Thwaites, Regional Vice-President of California for Alaska Airlines, said: “Our guests in San Diego told us they wanted more nonstops; we’re excited to add service on both the West and East Coasts, including the nation’s capital, as well as to beautiful Eugene, Oregon. We know it’s important that we keep California connected and our guests will now have two more non-stop destinations to choose from as they plan out their travel.”
Kimberly Becker, President and CEO at the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, added: “We appreciate Alaska Airlines growing its service at SAN and their continued partnership. The timing is excellent, and our community will benefit from the addition of these new nonstop routes between our sunny Southern California region and the East Coast and the Pacific Northwest.”
San Diego is Alaska Airlines fifth-largest airport
Alaska Airlines has returned to pre-pandemic levels of flying, with 1,200 daily flights to more than 120 cities. San Diego is the fifth-largest airport in the Oneworld airline’s network in terms of the number of operated weekly flights, behind only Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. It has almost 2,000 departing flights per week.
The carrier now serves 32 routes out of San Diego, of which 26 are year-round. Alaska Airlines will further expand its network out of the California airport with the addition of flights to Tampa on 5 October.