Alaska Airlines launched operations to El Paso on 19 February, beginning daily services to the airport from San Diego and Seattle-Tacoma, with the Texan airport showcasing the new destinations in this elaborate, three-tiered route launch cake, adorned with a replica of the airline on top. Both routes will be operated daily using E175s.
- Alaska Airlines launched operations from El Paso (ELP) on 19 February, with the carrier commencing flights to the airport from San Diego (SAN) and Seattle-Tacoma (SEA). The airline will operate both routes daily using its fleet of E175s according to OAG schedules. There is no direct competition on the 2,198-kilometre sector from Seattle-Tacoma, however Southwest Airlines already offers eight weekly flights on the 1,109-kilometre link between San Diego and El Paso. Based on data obtained from the airport, El Paso handled just over 3.26 million passengers in 2018, with this representing an 11% increase versus the 2.93 million that were handled during the previous year. Alaska Airlines becomes the airport’s seventh scheduled airline, joining Southwest Airlines (46% market share of passengers in 2018), American Airlines (31%), United Airlines (13%), Delta Air Lines (6.9%), Frontier Airlines (1.9%) and Allegiant Air (1.5%).