“We are always looking for opportunities to provide new, convenient, nonstop routes to San Diego,” said Kim Becker, the Airport Authority’s President/CEO. “We are excited to partner with Alaska Airlines on these new flights that will better connect our customers with key destinations in the west.”
Flights to the new routes start Jan. 7, 2020, with tickets already on sale. The new service offers greater travel flexibility for students, tourists and business travelers heading to destinations on the west coast. Both routes will operate daily year-round with Alaska’s Horizon Air as the operating carrier, using Embraer 175 jets, an aircraft featuring only window and aisle seating – and no middle seats.
“We’re excited to offer even more nonstops between vibrant Pacific Northwest communities and our growing hubs in California,” said Brett Catlin, Alaska Airlines managing director of capacity planning and alliances.
The San Luis Obispo route on the Central California Coast and renowned winery region is home to the 22,000-student California Polytechnic State University, some 230 miles south of San Francisco and 300 miles north of San Diego.
The Redmond location is nearly 1,000 miles north of San Diego in the Bend-Redmond high desert region east of Oregon’s Cascade Range. The area hosts two public college campuses and is popular for its outdoor recreational opportunities, including skiing, fishing and white-water rafting.
Alaska Airlines also announced it will be increasing the frequency of flights between five existing San Diego routes:
- Orlando-San Diego: Will increase flights starting January 7 to daily nonstop service
- Boise-San Diego: Will add a second daily flight starting March 19
- Santa Rosa-San Diego: Will add a second daily flight starting March 19
- San Jose-San Diego: Will increase nonstop service, starting March 19, to six flights daily
- Boston-San Diego: Adding a second daily flight, starting May 21