On 10 November Alaska Airlines inaugurated flights between Portland and New York Newark. The daily 3,093-kilometre sector will face direct competition from United Airlines’ daily service.
- Alaska Airlines initiated two routes this week, starting on 10 November with a connection between Portland (PDX) and New York Newark (EWR). The daily 3,093-kilometre sector will be served on the airline’s 737-800 fleet according to OAG schedules. “We thank the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, for their efforts to increase competition in the New York metro area,” said John Kirby, Alaska Airlines’ VP Capacity Planning. “Since 2015, Alaska has launched 28 new routes from our West Coast hubs and focus cities. With our new expanded service to Newark, we continue to grow our West Coast footprint by offering our valued customers more non-stop flights to popular business and leisure destinations.” The Oregon-New Jersey city pair is already served by United Airlines’ daily service. On 12 November, the airline launched flights between Bellingham (BLI) in Washington State and Kona (KOA) in Hawaii. The 4,393-kilometre connection will be served by the airline weekly (Saturdays) on its 737-800s. No other carrier currently links the two airports. For Bellingham, this becomes its second connection to Hawaii from Alaska Airlines, with the carrier already operating a route to Kahului. The airline also links Bellingham to Seattle-Tacoma, Portland and Las Vegas.