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Alaska Airlines Continues Midwest Expansion

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Alaska Airlines Continues Midwest Expansion

Alaska Airlines Continues Midwest Expansion
August 03
11:59 2016

MIAMI — Alaska Airlines continues the expansion of its Seattle hub with the launch of new daily non-stop service to Indianapolis and Wichita, Kansas, starting spring of 2017.

“With the addition of non-stop service to Indianapolis and Wichita, Alaska Airlines now offers non-stop service to a total of 89 cities from Seattle – more than twice as many as any other airline, ” said John Kirby, vice president of capacity planning at Alaska Airlines.

With these new routes, Alaska will operate 20 daily flights to nine Midwest cities: Chicago; Detroit; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Minneapolis; St. Louis; Omaha, Nebraska; Kansas City and Wichita.

The addition of a direct service to Wichita provides a direct link between two cities with a major aerospace activity. Often referred to as the “Air Capital of the World,” Wichita is the country’s major supplier to builders of commercial aircraft, and is home to Beechcraft, Cessna, Spirit AeroSystems, maker of the Boeing 737 fuselage, among other components.

“This much-needed non-stop route will be beneficial to our aviation businesses in particular. We wish to thank Alaska for adding Wichita to their route map,” said Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell. This new service will begin on April 13, 2017.

The new, non-stop service to Indianapolis is the first year-round flight to Seattle in the airport’s history. According to Mario Rodriguez, executive director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority, “Today’s announcement has been more than two years in the making, and the result of collaboration among a number of community partners, all focused on giving Indianapolis a direct connection with a vibrant industry sector in the Pacific Northwest, and a highly anticipated leisure-travel option.”

The Indianapolis inaugural flight will take off on May 17, 2017.

Alaska Airlines will fly to Wichita with 76-seat Embraer 175 jets, operated by SkyWest Airlines, while Indianapolis will be served with the carrier’s Boeing 737 aircraft.

In the last years, Alaska Airlines has been aggressively growing its service to new cities, which now totals more than 110 destinations with an average of 970 daily flights in the U.S., including Hawaii, and to Canada, Costa Rica, and Mexico.

 

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