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Alaska Airlines announces new routes for Summer 2021

Alaska Airlines has announced four new routes out of Pacific Northwest for Summer 2021.

The airline is continuing its expansion spree with four new routes in total, with the first two being from Boise and the other two out of Seattle. Increasing its presence in the Pacific-Northwest, the new routes will also take advantage of the airline’s impending entry into the oneworld alliance in just a few weeks and its expanded partnership with American Airlines.

Flights out of Boise

The carrier will fly daily nonstop from Boise in Idaho to Chicago’s O’hare International Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Both the routes will be operated by the carrier’s regional entity Horizon’s Embraer E175 aircraft.

Flight schedule of Boise-Chicago-Boise route:

  • Boise-Chicago
  • Departure time: 10:30
  • Arrival time: 14:58
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 28 minutes
  • Flight number: AS2199
  • Chicago-Boise
  • Departure time: 15:40
  • Arrival time: 18:28
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 48 minutes
  • Flight number: AS2200

Flight schedule of Boise-Austin-Boise route:

  • Boise-Austin
  • Departure time: 10:30
  • Arrival time: 14:40
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 10 minutes
  • Flight number: AS2576
  • Austin-Boise
  • Departure time: 16:10
  • Arrival time: 18:40
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 30 minutes
  • Flight number: AS2577

Both the routes are scheduled to begin from 17th June and the airline is already accepting reservations for the same.

Brett Catlin, Vice President of Network and Alliances, Alaska Airlines, stated the following:

Alaska has long been Boise’s largest carrier and we’re excited to grow our presence with new eastward connections. As Boise continues to grow its diverse and vibrant economy, we look forward to serving the needs of the community with nonstop flights, low fares and great service.

Connecting Boise to Idaho will allow Alaska’s passengers to connect onto American’s domestic and international network out of ORD. This will include new transatlantic connecting opportunities on American metal from Chicago. Alaska’s single daily flight will complement American’s daily flight between Boise and Chicago this summer. The two airlines will compete against United Airlines on this route.

Rebecca Hupp, Director, Boise Airport, said:

Alaska Airlines’ announcement today is a testament to their commitment to grow with the Treasure Valley. The new flights open up markets and create greater connectivity for Boise’s residents and visitors. The Boise Airport looks forward to continuing our strong partnership with Alaska Airlines long into the future.

With these new flights, Alaska Airlines will have 28 daily departures out of Boise to 12 cities across United States.

The Seattle-based carrier will also offer an additional daily flight from Boise to Sacramento, and also plans to begin nonstop service to Everette, Washington later this year.

Schedule of both the flights on Boise-Sacramento-Boise route:

1st flight:

  • Boise-Sacramento
  • Departure time: 07:25
  • Arrival time: 08:13
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 48 minutes
  • Flight number: AS3377
  • Sacramento-Boise
  • Departure time: 07:10
  • Arrival time: 09:48
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 38 minutes
  • Flight number: AS2032

2nd flight:

  • Boise-Sacramento
  • Departure time: 19:20
  • Arrival time: 19:59
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 39 minutes
  • Flight number: AS2037
  • Sacramento-Boise
  • Departure time: 18:40
  • Arrival time: 21:25
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Flight number: AS3442

Flights out of Seattle

Out of Alaska’s largest hub in Seattle, the airline is adding two brand new cities to its network: Idaho Falls and Redding. Both of these daily flights will start operating from 17th June using a Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft under the Horizon brand.

Alaska Airlines’ Q400 Photo: Flickr

Flight schedule of Seattle-Idaho Falls-Seattle:

  • Seattle-Idaho Falls
  • Departure time: 17:40
  • Arrival time: 20:40
  • Flight time: 2 hours
  • Flight number: AS2018
  • Idaho Falls-Seattle
  • Departure time: 08:10
  • Arrival time: 09:10
  • Flight time: 2 hours
  • Flight number: AS2010

Flight schedule of Seattle-Redding-Seattle route:

  • Seattle-Redding
  • Departure time: 17:40
  • Arrival time: 19:25
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Flight number: AS2432
  • Redding-Seattle
  • Departure time: 07:20
  • Arrival time: 09:10
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 50 minutes
  • Flight number: AS2431

Seattle is Alaska’s largest hub, so the connecting opportunities to and from the city will also help support these flights. Redding only has service from United Airlines, currently, with flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Idaho Falls will get its only year-round service to the West Coast on Alaska.

From Redding, passengers can access Mount Shasta and the Redwoods – two fantastic outdoor attractions. Meanwhile, Idaho Falls is another access point to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. And, for passengers that do not want to fly into Jackson Hole, a great opportunity to get to Jackson Hole from an alternate city with a little bit of a drive.

Alaska Airlines is gearing up to join the OneWorld Alliance

Alaska is ecstatic about joining the OneWorld alliance, and these new flights prove it. The airline is trying to add new and unique itineraries and connecting opportunities to leverage its new international partners.

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