Alaska Airlines to add direct flight from NO to San Francisco

New nonstop flight service between Albuquerque San Francisco to launch this fall

Now that Alaska Airlines owns Virgin America, it has targeted the Bay Area for "the single largest new market announcement" in its history, the company said Thursday.

The new routes include nine from San Francisco International airport and three from Norman Y Mineta San Jose International airport, which is south of San Francisco. In December 2015, United Airlines announced it would connect SFO and the airport (with the service having started in May 2016).

The flight will leave Louis Armstrong International Airport at 4 p.m. and arrive at San Francisco International Airport at 6:30 p.m. In August, Alaska Airlines announced its new presence in Indy with nonstop service to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. On all of those routes except San Francisco-Philadelphia, United now has no competition, according to the website Flight Connections.


"Thanks in part to these nonstop flights, Nashville-area economic development groups have been able to recruit companies such as Eventbrite and Lyft to Nashville", said Tom Jurkovich, a senior MNAA executive and a former executive director of the Metro Department of Economic and Community Development.

News of the expansion comes several months after Alaska completed its acquisition of Virgin America, which has a substantial presence in San Francisco. "This new transcontinental service is an important addition for our passengers".

Meyer said that as Alaska Airlines continues to expand in California, Kansas City is a natural fit for that expansion.

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