Alaska Airlines has begun daily nonstop service between Portland, Oregon and Chicago O’Hare International Airport, which is one of a series of new Portland routes introduced by the carrier this year.
“This new nonstop service provides customers with a critical link between Portland and the nation’s second-busiest airport,” says Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of planning and revenue management. Harrison says the Chicago area is popular with business travelers and is also among the top 10 most-visited destinations from Portland International Airport.
Alaska Airlines’ schedule on the route calls for its daily flight to depart Portland International Airport (PDX) at 10:10 a..m and arrive at Chicago O’Hare (ORD) at 4:00 p.m. (all times local). The return flight is timed to push back from the gate at ORD at 4:45 p.m. and make a 7:10 p.m. arrival at PDX.
Travelers can earn double Mileage Plan miles on the new flights through January 31, 2010. To qualify, customers must first register at alaskaair.com.
Alaska Airlines began flying from Seattle to Chicago in June 2000 and also offers daily nonstop service to O’Hare from Anchorage, Alaska. In addition to today’s new service, the carrier has launched flights this year from Portland to Maui, Hawaii and to Austin, Texas (via San Jose, California).
The airline has also added Atlanta and Houston to its route network in 2009, and has expanded its service to Hawaii with nonstop flights to Kahului, Maui, and Kona on the Big Island from Oakland, California.
Alaska Airlines is operating its new Portland-Chicago route with Boeing 737s.