Alaska Airlines to add direct flight from NO to San Francisco

Alaska Airlines to add direct flight from NO to San Francisco

Alaska Airlines to add direct flight from NO to San Francisco

The return connection will depart San Francisco at 8:48 a.m. and arrive in New Orleans at 3:03 p.m.

The airport announced Thursday that its newest carrier, Alaska Airlines, will offer nonstop daily flights between Indianapolis and San Francisco starting September 26 using Virgin America Airbus planes.

All the mainline flights on Alaska's new routes will use aircraft from the "A320 family", which is the type used by Virgin America.

Alaska will begin operating the new routes between 31 August and 14 December, and will operate all at least once daily, the carrier says on 9 March. That service was announced a year ago.

United Airlines now flies nonstop to San Francisco.

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"This additional service to the Bay Area will be a huge added benefit for our business community, as well as for our leisure travelers", he said in the release.

Alaska Airlines did not request any IEDC incentives for its new San Francisco flight, Gillham said.

"Our focus city of San Jose is a key part of our Bay Area growth strategy and allows us to focus on the unique needs of Silicon Valley residents, while bringing low fares and choice to everyone living in the Bay Area metropolitan area", said John Kirby, Alaska Airlines' vice president of capacity planning.

In addition to the Indianapolis route, the other new Virgin America routes announced Thursday include service between San Francisco and Philadelphia; Nashville, Tennessee; New Orleans; Baltimore; Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; and Kona, Hawaii.

Since acquiring Virgin America, Alaska has scheduled new flights from San Jose to Newark and Burbank and from San Francisco to Orange County (Calif.), Orlando and Minneapolis.

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