Alaska Airlines Expands Southern California Presence with New Las Vegas Route

by Alice

Alaska Airlines has unveiled plans to bolster its footprint in southern California this autumn by introducing multiple new routes from San Diego and Los Angeles.

Commencing October 1, the airline will inaugurate nonstop flights from San Diego to Las Vegas, operating four times daily, as confirmed by Alaska Airlines. This addition will mark the carrier’s 39th nonstop destination from the southern California hub.


Simultaneously, Alaska Airlines will commence service between Los Angeles and Pasco, WA, with one daily flight, while also reintroducing twice-daily flights between Los Angeles and Reno, NV, a route hailed as a “guest favorite” by the airline.


Neil Thwaites, the regional vice president of California at Alaska Airlines, expressed enthusiasm about the expansion, stating, “As the sole airline headquartered on the West Coast, we remain steadfast in our commitment to growth in Southern California. I am pleased to announce our most extensive schedule out of the region in recent years.” He further emphasized the significance of the new San Diego-Las Vegas service in consolidating the airline’s status as the primary carrier offering the most nonstop destinations from San Diego.


In addition to these freshly minted routes, Alaska Airlines will augment the daily frequency of flights departing from Los Angeles to several sought-after destinations, including Seattle, Portland, OR, San Jose, Las Vegas, and more. Overall, the airline anticipates a capacity increase from Los Angeles exceeding 25 percent.

The decision to expand its route network follows the launch of Alaska Airlines’ latest paid subscription service, Alaska Access, which features discounts on Wi-Fi and priority access to sales. Subscribers can avail themselves of this service for $5 per month, contingent on a 12-month commitment.

Beyond southern California, the airline has bolstered its network for the upcoming summer season with additional flights to popular destinations such as Las Vegas, and plans are underway to introduce a new cross-country flight linking Portland and Atlanta come autumn.

Alaska Airlines is currently pursuing the acquisition of Hawaiian Airlines, a move that would augment its fleet to 365 narrow and wide-body aircraft. However, this transaction remains subject to government approval.



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