Alaska Airlines anncounces new flights to NYC; more to Mexico

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines on March 10 announced the commencement of one new domestic route and its application for two new flights between the U.S. and Mexico.

Alaska (NYSE:ALK) will launch daily nonstop service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) this fall. JFK is the main hub for international flights serving New York City and the new flights will give Alaska customers more options for travel to and from Europe and other global destinations.

”Alaska's extensive network continues to be a key component of the Seattle area's economic growth engine," U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, (D-WA), ranking member on the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation, Operations and Security, said in the airline’s statement about the new flights.

The airline also got a pat on the back from another civic leader.

"Adding direct flights to JFK is another example of [Alaska] helping Seattle flyers connect conveniently not just to New York City, but destinations around the globe,” Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said.

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Starting Sept 16, flights will depart SEA at 9:35 p.m., arriving at JFK at 6 o’clock the next morning. Return flights will leave JFK at 7:15 a.m. and arrive at SEA at 10:15 a.m. The flights will use the airlines’ Next Generation 737s, which comprise 80 percent of the carrier’s fleet.

The new service will complement Alaska's existing twice-daily service to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

To mark the new service, the airline will give away one trip to New York City. Customers at least 18 years of age and residing in Alaska, Washington, Oregon or Idaho will be able to enter the "Weekend in New York" sweepstakes via Alaska’s Facebook page. The airline is also offering introductory fares starting at $149 one-way and members of its Mileage Plan double miles on flights between Seattle and JFK between Sept. 16 and Oct. 28, 2015. Introductory fares must be purchased by March 16 and travel completed by Nov. 18, 2015.

Also on March 10, the airline submitted its application to add nonstop flights to its existing routes between John Wayne Airport (SNA) in southern California and Los Cabos (SJD) and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (PVR). The flights are pending approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation (COT) and the Mexico Dirección General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC).

The service increase will will add three year-round flights weekly between SNA and PVR and four additional weekly flights between Orange County and SJD. If approved by government authorities, the new flights will bring to 36 the number of weekly peak-season flights to PVR and to 50 the number of weekly peak-season flights to SJD, more than any other carrier from California, according to the airline.

Flight times and introductory fares will be available on the airline’s website once the DOT approves Alaska Airlines' request for service, which typically takes around four weeks, the carrier said.

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