Alaska Airlines Boosts its Southern California Presence

And Alaska Airlines 737 departs from Los Angeles LAX.
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Alaska Airlines is soaring to new heights in Southern California. The airline is expanding service at its major hubs in Los Angeles (LAX) and San Diego (SAN).

The expansion will see new routes and more flights to popular West Coast destinations. This move reflects Alaska’s ongoing commitment to growth in the Golden State.

Californian Connections

New Nonstop Routes and More to San Diego

Starting this fall, San Diego travelers will enjoy a new nonstop connection to the dazzling lights of Las Vegas. This addition brings Alaska Airlines’ total number of nonstop destinations from SAN to 39.

Los Angeles Gets More West Coast Connections

LAX passengers can look forward to a wider selection of West Coast destinations with our new service between Los Angeles and Pasco, Washington (PSC). It will also see the highly anticipated return of the popular Los Angeles to Reno, Nevada (RENO) route.

These new routes, along with increased service to existing destinations, will solidify Alaska Airlines’ position as the carrier offering the most daily flights to West Coast destinations from LAX.

An Alaska Airlines 737 approaching to land.
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The airline will also introduce increased capacity on flights from LAX to some favorite West Coast destinations.

These will include Boise, Medford, Portland, San Jose, Santa Rosa, and Seattle. This expansion represents a 25% growth in service from LAX.

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Alaska Airlines’ commitment to Southern California was underscored by a quote from Neil Thwaites, regional vice president of California: “As the West Coast’s leading airline, we’re dedicated to growth in Southern California.

We’re thrilled to offer our most extensive schedule from the region in recent years, featuring new service from LAX to Reno and Pasco, along with more options to frequently visited destinations.”

“This expansion also solidifies our position as the airline with the most nonstop destinations from San Diego with the addition of our new Las Vegas route.”

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The positive impact on San Diego International Airport was highlighted by Kimberly Becker, president and CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

“We’re delighted to see Alaska Airlines’ continued growth at San Diego International Airport and their commitment to offering new routes across the country.”

“The new nonstop route to Las Vegas provides Southern Californians with another convenient option to access entertainment and excitement, while also making it easier for Nevadans to enjoy San Diego’s beautiful beaches.”

An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800 approaches to land.
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LAX Looks Forward to Strong Partnership

Doug Webster, interim chief operations and maintenance officer at Los Angeles World Airports, expressed LAX’s enthusiasm for the expanded partnership.

“LAX welcomes the new routes and increased services from Alaska Airlines, further enriching our existing flight offerings.”

“We appreciate the opportunity to strengthen our partnership with Alaska Airlines. And their commitment to providing passengers with a diverse range of travel options.”

Alaska Airlines Premium Travel

“As you explore our expanding network, you can be confident that you’ll enjoy a premium travel experience on every Alaska Airlines flight,” says the airline in a recent statement. Proudly the West Coast’s premier airline, the carrier offers features like:

  • Most legroom in First Class and Premium Class
  • No change fees
  • Multiple fare options to suit your needs
  • Mileage Plan, the most generous loyalty program with the fastest path to elite status
  • Extensive network with 30 global partners
  • Delicious West Coast food and beverages onboard

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