Alaska Airlines is expanding service from the Bay Area to Hawaii, offering daily flights from both Oakland and San Jose, California to Kahului on...

Alaska Airlines is expanding service from the Bay Area to Hawaii, offering daily flights from both Oakland and San Jose, California to Kahului on the island of Maui, starting June 5.

The airline currently operates four weekly flights between Oakland and Maui and three weekly flights between San Jose and Maui. With the increase to daily service, Alaska Airlines will offer 35 flights a week from the Bay Area and Celifornia’s capital Sacramento to Hawaii.


At the same time, the carrier is discontinuing service between San Jose and Austin, Texas from May 6. The carrier began the service on September 2, 2009. Alaska will continue its nonstop daily service between Seattle and Austin.

“We wanted to align our San Jose and Bay Area service with our overall West Coast strategy,” says Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of marketing. “We’re very committed to the Bay Area and expanding our Maui service to daily flights is a great benefit for our customers.”

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Flights are available for purchase at www.alaskaair.com or by calling 1-800-ALASKAAIR (1-800-252-7522 or TTY/TDD line 1-800-392-0228).

Alaska Airlines’ Oakland-Maui daily flight is scheduled to depart Oakland International Airport (OAK) at 7:20 a.m. and land at kahului Airport (OGG) at 9:37 a.m. local time. In the other direction, the flight is timed to leave OGG at 10:40 a.m. and touch down at OAK at 6:25 p.m. local time.

The carrier’s San Jose-Maui flights are timed to push back from the gate at San Jose’s Norman Y. Mineta International Airport (SJC) at 11:30 a.m. and to arrive at OGG at 1:48 p.m. local time. In the other direction, the flight leaves OGG at 2:50 p.m. and reaches SJC at 10:37 p.m. local time.

Alaska Airlines will operate the daily service with Boeing 737-800s accommodating 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin. All flights to Hawaii offer Hawaiian-themed beverages and meal service. Customers in the main cabin are offered complimentary Mauna Loa macadamia nuts and a Mai Tai or POG juice, as well as a Hawaiian-themed meal-for-purchase option for $6.

Inflight service also includes Alaska Airlines’ digEplayer, a personal entertainment system offering a variety of movies, television shows, music and other features.

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