Alaska is further expanding their Northwest network with Midwest connections, but this time building their network from their Portland hub to connect PDX to three Midwest cities already served by Alaska/Horizon from Seattle. Today announcement will bring new nonstop service on EMB 175 operated by Skywest to Omaha, Kansa City, and Minneapolis. Alaska will be the sole service provider on the Portland to Omaha direct flight and will compete with Southwest between Portland and Kansas City and Delta to Minneapolis.
Summary of new service:
|Start date||City pair||Departs||Arrives||Frequency|
|Feb. 18||Portland-Kansas City||9:35 a.m.||2:59 p.m.||Daily|
|Feb. 18||Kansas City-Portland||3:40 p.m.||5:45 p.m.||Daily|
|Feb. 18||Portland-Minneapolis||10:55 a.m.||4:16 p.m.||Daily|
|Feb. 18||Minneapolis-Portland||5 p.m.||7:08 p.m.||Daily|
|Feb. 18||Portland-Omaha||6:50 p.m.||11:49 p.m.||Daily|
|Feb.19||Omaha-Portland||7 a.m.||8:45 a.m.||Daily|
All times based on local time zones
In typical new route fashion, Alaska Airline is offering discounted tickets to all three cities with one-way fares starting at $139 if purchased by August 5 for travel through next spring. In addition, Alaska is offering double miles on these new routes (Omaha excluded) for travel between Feb 18 and march 18, 2016.
The new routes are a great addition to the growing Alaska network and it’s fantastic to see Alaska but the 76 passenger EMB175 to work on mid-continental routes which are long and thin. The new jets will be operated by SkyWest Airlines featuring 12 seats in first class and 64 in coach, and boasting cabin dimensions on par with a 737. And of course, Onboard amenities will include Alaska Beyond Delicious, featuring food and beverages sourced with items from iconic Pacific Northwest brands, and Inflight Internet access.