Cutting the ribbon to open Alaska Airlines’ new route between San Francisco and Minneapolis-St. Paul are Alaska Airlines’ Minneapolis-St. Paul Station Manager, Haku Kaiminaauao, and Executive Director/CEO of Metropolitan Airports Commission, Brian Ryks. Launched 18 July the route will be flown twice-daily using E175s.
- Alaska Airlines commenced flights between San Francisco (SFO) and Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) on 18 July. The 2,551-kilometre sector will be served by the airline twice-daily, with it utilising its fleet of E175s on the city pair. Alaska Airlines becomes the fourth carrier to connect the Californian and Minnesotan airports, with Delta Air Lines, Sun Country Airlines and United Airlines already linking the two cities, with the three incumbents combined offering 87 weekly flights. San Francisco becomes Alaska Airlines’ third connection to Minneapolis-St. Paul, with the carrier already serving the city from Seattle-Tacoma and Portland. From 18 November a fourth route will be added to the carrier’s schedule from Minneapolis-St. Paul, with the airline planning a daily service from San Diego. According to OAG schedules data the carrier now serves eight destinations in total from San Francisco with a total of 164 weekly departures. This makes it the airline’s eighth busiest airport for flights behind Seattle-Tacoma, Portland (Oregon), Anchorage, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and Spokane.