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Alaska Airlines Adds Flights, Routes to Newark Airport

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | July 23, 2016

Alaska Airlines Adds Flights, Routes to Newark Airport

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Since the Federal Aviation Administration lifted control over takeoff and landing slots at Newark Liberty International Airport, Alaska Airlines is now able to add four extra flights and three new routes at the airport, USA Today reported. 

Prior to the FAA’s recent decision, United Airlines controlled most of the Newark slots, which made adding new flights nearly impossible, USA Today said.

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“We thank the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for their efforts to increase competition in the New York metro area,” Alaska Airlines’ VP of capacity planning John Kirby said in a statement. "Since 2015,Alaska has launched 28 new routes from our West Coast hubs and focus cities. With our new expanded service to Newark, we continue to grow our West Coast footprint by offering our valued customers more nonstop flights to popular business and leisure destinations." 

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Alaska Airlines will now offer flights between Newark and the following cities: Portland, Ore.; San Diego and San Jose, Calif., the newspaper reported. The airline will also begin flying daily from Newark to Seattle. Tickets will go on sale July 25.

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