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Alaska Airlines Advances into The Midwest

Airlines & Airports | Patrick Clarke | July 30, 2015

Alaska Airlines Advances into The Midwest

Alaska Airlines has announced plans to launch three new daily nonstop routes from Portland, Oregon to popular Midwest destinations beginning in February 2016.

Starting Feb. 18, Alaska Airlines will offer daily direct service between its hub in Oregon and Kansas City, Missouri, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Omaha, Nebraska. 

The carrier's first flight between Portland and Kansas City will depart around 9:30 a.m. local time Feb. 18, with the return flight scheduled to take off from Kansas City later that afternoon. Alaska Airlines' daily nonstop service between Minneapolis and Omaha will commence later in the day on Feb. 18, with the return flight from Omaha scheduled to depart for Portland on the morning of Feb. 19. 

"We continue to expand our Portland service portfolio with new non-stops to America's Heartland," said Alaska Airlines' vice president of capacity planning John Kirby in a statement. "With these new routes, Alaska Airlines will offer more than three times the number of nonstop destinations from the Rose City than any other carrier."

SkyWest Airlines will operate the new flights using 76-seat Embraer E175s.

The carrier also announced that customers who purchase airfare by Aug. 5 for travel by March 16, 2016 will have access to introductory one-way fares to each of the three new destinations starting at $139. 

Meanwhile, the airline's Mileage Plan members will be able to earn double miles on flights from Portland to Minneapolis and Kansas City. 

This week's announcement comes one month after Alaska Airlines confirmed a new route between Portland and Austin, Texas. 

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