MIAMI — Alaska Airlines will begin flying to Orange County and San Diego from its focus city in San Jose, California, starting on June 5.
Both cities will receive three daily round trip flights, be operated by SkyWest’s Embraer E175s, with 12 seats in First Class, 12 seats in Preferred Class, and 52 seats in the Main Cabin.
“These new routes will bring low fares and an elevated inflight experience to our California customers, offering convenient connections to popular leisure destinations in Mexico and Hawaii served by Alaska as well as to Beijing and London, served by our partner carriers Hainan Airlines and British Airways,” said Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer.
To date, Alaska serves a dozen cities from San Jose (Boise, Eugene, Reno/Tahoe, Salt Lake City, Guadalajara, Honolulu, Kahului, Kailua-Kona, Lihue, Portland (Oregon), San José del Cabo in Mexico and Seattle/Tacoma). Once it adds these two new destinations, it will serve 14 cities and offer 28 peak daily departures.
“Alaska’s new flights speak to the strength of our local economy and will provide another convenient option for the many Silicon Valley residents who travel to Southern California for business and leisure.” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.
San Jose has experienced a noticeable growth over the last year. In addition to these new Alaska Airlines routes, Air Canada Express will begin serving the city from Vancouver on May 9; American Airlines will operate a seasonal service to Charlotte from June 2; British Airways will launch flights to Heathrow on May 4; and Lufthansa CityLine will begin flying to Frankfurt on July 1. Meanwhile, Delta recently started flights to Las Vegas.