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Alaska Airways to launch nonstop from Portland to Atlanta


Alaska Airways is wading deeper into prime Delta Air Traces territory, including a cross-country flight to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Worldwide Airport (ATL).

Beginning Oct. 1, Alaska will launch nonstop service to Atlanta from its Portland Worldwide Airport (PDX) hub in Oregon. The Seattle-based service will function the each day flight year-round.

The transfer comes as Alaska continues to increase its transcontinental route community out of Portland. Subsequent month, it is going to launch nonstop flights to Nashville Worldwide Airport (BNA). Plus, Alaska launched a Portland nonstop from Miami Worldwide Airport (MIA) in November.

“We’re all the time in search of methods to attach the Rose Metropolis to different locations throughout our community. We imagine our flights to Atlanta shall be a well-liked addition for our visitors heading to the South,” Kirsten Amrine, Alaska’s vice chairman of income administration and community planning, stated in an announcement.

However this Atlanta route can be a notable foray onto Delta’s house turf. It is not essentially an outlier, both.

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Capability progress in Atlanta and past

In all, Alaska’s scheduled seats to Atlanta this yr shall be up 32% from 2023, in keeping with knowledge from aviation analytics agency Cirium.

That spike in seats comes as Alaska provides nonstops to Delta’s house base from each Portland and San Diego Worldwide Airport (SAN), with the latter route set to launch Could 16.

Alaska already serves Atlanta from its Seattle-Tacoma Worldwide Airport (SEA) house base.

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For its half, Delta does already function an Atlanta-to-Portland route, with a number of each day nonstops.

CIRIUM

Alaska can be increasing its footprint fairly considerably at one other Delta hub in 2024. Its seats to Minneapolis-St. Paul Worldwide Airport (MSP) shall be up round 42% from final yr, Cirium knowledge exhibits. That is helped by added capability between Minneapolis and two Alaska hubs: Seattle and Ted Stevens Anchorage Worldwide Airport (ANC) in Alaska.

Progress in Portland

In the meantime, Alaska can be dramatically growing its flight schedule out of Portland.

Throughout the month of October, when this route launches, as an example, the service is ready to extend its year-over-year seats from the West Coast airport by about 33% over final yr, per Cirium.

Portland Worldwide Airport (PDX). SEAN CUDAHY/THE POINTS GUY

In an announcement earlier this month, the service famous its elevated frequencies to different present cities on its route map out of Portland, led by Las Vegas’ Harry Reid Worldwide Airport (LAS), which may have 5 each day frequencies as of Aug. 20.

Alaska additionally famous Feb. 12 that it is placing the ultimate touches on the design for an all-new “Flagship Lounge” in Portland, which might open someday between 2025 and 2026 with greater than 10,000 sq. ft of house.

PDX-ATL route particulars

This is how the itinerary shakes out for Alaska’s new flight between Portland and Atlanta. Once more, the route begins Oct. 1 and can function each day.

  • PDX-ATL: Departs at 9:37 a.m., arrives at 5:12 p.m.
  • ATL-PDX: Departs at 7:59 p.m., arrives at 10:14 p.m.

Not less than from the outset, it seems, from Alaska’s reserving channels, that it’s going to function a Boeing 737-900 plane on the route.

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