Alaska Airlines Portland to Kansas City
On 18 February, Alaska Airlines commenced services from Portland to Kansas City, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Omaha. In celebration of the new route trio, the Oregon airport held a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony, while passengers on the three inaugural services were each given a gift wrapped selection of cookies (anna.aero was informed by Kama Simonds, Aviation Media Relations Manager, Portland Airport that no cake was produced due to the flights departing at various times throughout the launch day).
Kansas City Airport celebrated the launch of Alaska Airlines’ service to Portland with this scrumptious looking cake. The carrier will operate daily flights between the two cities.
- Alaska Airlines on 18 February commenced services to three destinations from Portland (PDX), namely to Kansas City (MCI), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) and Omaha (OMA). All services will be flown on the carrier’s fleet of E175s (operated by SkyWest) on a daily basis. Commenting on the launch of the new route trio, John Kirby, VP Capacity Planning at Alaska Airlines said: “We continue to expand our Portland service portfolio with new non-stop routes to America’s Heartland. With these new flights, Alaska Airlines will offer more than three times the number of non-stop destinations from the Rose City than any other carrier.” Services on the 2,377-kilometre sector to Kansas City will face direct competition from Southwest Airlines, which itself operates a daily service according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. The airport pair of Portland to Minneapolis-St. Paul also faces an incumbent carrier, with Delta Air Lines serving the route 19 times weekly. Services to Omaha will face no direct competition.