Alaska Airlines plots new San Jose, San Francisco routes

Caroline Beck
March 11, 2017

Alaska Air Group has announced a major expansion from the San Francisco Bay area, with plans to add flights to 12 destinations, including cities on the US East Coast. Kirby, who joined the Seattle-based carrier previous year from Southwest Airlines, said after the route expansion the company will fly to 13 of the 15 largest markets from the Bay Area.

The return flight will leave San Francisco at 8:48 a.m. and arrive in New Orleans at 3:03 p.m.

"Like both of these great airlines, we have a passion for creating exceptional travel experiences, and we are thrilled that our guests can now enjoy more destinations from Alaska and Virgin America". That service was announced past year.

Most of the new routes will launch between late August and mid-October.

United Airlines now flies nonstop to San Francisco. New San Jose flights and a few from SFO will use smaller Embraer E175s. With this announcement, Alaska will offer 19 nonstop destinations, the largest number of nonstop destinations among all SJC carriers.

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Alaska Airlines is growing its Bay Area business, with 13 new nonstop markets, including Kansas City.

The flights to and from Kansas City and San Francisco are scheduled to begin September 18.

In addition to the Indianapolis route, the other new Virgin America routes announced Thursday include service between San Francisco and Philadelphia; Nashville, Tennessee; New Orleans; Baltimore; Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; and Kona, Hawaii.

San Jose is getting daily flights serving Los Angeles, Tuscon, Arizona; and Austin, Texas, Alaska Airlines said.

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