Alaska Airways will launch every day nonstop service from Missoula to San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose subsequent March. (Alaska Airways photograph)Alaska Airways is doubling down on the Missoula market with new every day nonstop flights to San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose, opening the town to new enterprise alternatives and world locations.
The service into California, introduced on Tuesday, begins subsequent March and brings to 6 the variety of nonstop locations supplied by Alaska Airways from Missoula Worldwide Airport – probably the most of any service.
“Given the current environment, it’s downright amazing,” stated airport director Cris Jensen. “They’ve been good partners and they’re certainly kind of our hometown airlines. It’s nice to see that they’re putting focus on some of the Pacific Northwest and Montana airports, Missoula in particular.”
Final 12 months, the service introduced preliminary plans to increase service throughout the Pacific Northwest by including eight new flights, which included nonstop service from Missoula to Los Angeles. That service started this March.
In February, the service additionally introduced a partnership with American Airways and the Oneworld Alliance. That can make reserving throughout the 2 carriers simpler and open up new connections, enabling passengers to “start a trip on one airline and end it on another.”
The service is also transitioning from its turboprop plane to mainline jet service.
“Even as we go through an incredibly challenging moment, we see an opportunity to grow our presence in Missoula, partner closer with the community and provide great service for those living in Montana and those visiting Montana for tourism and business purposes,” stated Brett Catlin, managing director of capability planning and alliances for Alaska Airways.
Air service throughout the nation fell sharply when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, and Missoula was no exception. However the service has slowly elevated in latest months, and Missoula has outpaced the nationwide common with returning passengers.
The airport noticed almost 11,000 passengers in June, and whereas that represents a marked enhance over the prior months when passengers have been measured by the a whole lot, it’s nicely wanting the 46,000 passengers recorded final June.
However Jensen stated the airport’s passengers and carriers stay optimistic.
“This is a use or lose it proposition, as it is with all air service,” Jensen stated. “We know San Jose and San Francisco will be good connections to Silicon Valley and some of the business travelers. San Diego is just a great world class destination for people wanting to think about a vacation.”
Jensen stated the brand new flights will want advertising and neighborhood assist to achieve success. The six nonstop locations poised alongside the West Coast additionally presents new alternatives for vacationers to succeed in world vacation spot in a single cease.
“We see as an opportunity to better connect Missoula with many international markets, as well as additional domestic markets,” stated Catlin. “The places you’ll be able to go on a one-stop basis from Missoula really opens up the globe in a way that wouldn’t have been possible before. It’s a portfolio effect. That’s what gets us excited about doing this all at once.”