Orlando International Airport’s Executive Director Phil Brown helped Alaska Airlines’ Station Manager Beverly Lewis and the Alaska Airlines crew cut the ribbon to launch the airline’s new service from San Diego. SeaWorld Orlando’s President Terry Prather then spoke, welcoming the route that direct now links the two SeaWorld theme parks on the East and West coasts.
- Alaska Airlines launched a new transcontinental route on 11 October when the airline connected San Diego, CA (SAN) with Orlando, FL (MCO). The 3,460-kilometre route is operated five times weekly with 157-seat 737-800 aircraft. This is Alaska Airlines’ second route to Orlando after the service from its home base in Seattle. Last time the route was operated was by AirTran in 2007-2008. At the time of the announcement, Thella F. Bowens, president and CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, pointed out: “Orlando was the largest market without nonstop service to San Diego, and today’s news is a welcome bridge between two beloved, sunny cities.”