MIAMI — Alaska Airlines will begin flying between Portland and Austin as well as Eugene and San Jose on November 5.

“San Jose and Austin are two of our most requested cities from our customers in the Willamette Valley,” said John Kirby, Alaska’s vice president of capacity planning. “We’re excited to add the Live Music Capital of the World to our growing list of destinations from the Rose City, and our new flight to San Jose is our first-ever nonstop from Eugene to the Bay Area. These routes will also connect key tech markets in three states.”

Summary of Portland-Austin flying

Start Date City Pair Departs Arrives Frequency
Nov.5 Portland-Austin 9:50 a.m. 3:50 p.m. Daily
Nov. 5 Austin-Portland 4:35 p.m. 6:55 p.m. Daily

Summary of Eugene-San Jose flying

Start Date City Pair Departs Arrives Frequency
Nov. 5 Eugene-San Jose 4:20 p.m. 5:50 p.m. Daily
Nov. 5 San Jose-Eugene 5:50 p.m. 7:20 p.m. Daily
All times based on local time zones

The new Portland-Austin flights will be operated with a brand new E175, operated by SkyWest, which will start flying Alaska’s customers later this summer. The new aircraft boast 12 seats in first and 64 in economy. “Year-round nonstop service to Portland is a prized route for Central Texas,” said Jim Smith, Executive Director, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. “Whether for business or fun, the Portland-Austin connection is popular with our customers.”

Alaska currently serves Austin daily from Seattle. The airline has attempted to connect San Jose and Austin in the past, but Southwest proved to be too strong of competition. Although, Alaska will have to go head to head with Southwest on the new route out of Portland, but Southwest only operates the route nonstop seasonally in the summer.

The Eugene-San Jose flight will be operated by Horizon Air with a 76-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft. “Nonstop service to San Jose is a critical piece of the puzzle in supporting the exciting growth of start-ups and technology companies we are experiencing here in the Willamette Valley,” said Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce President Dave Hauser. “We’re pleased to support this exciting announcement.” Many were surprised with Alaska’s announcement to start flights between Eugene and San Jose.