Alaska Airlines is launching three-times-weekly, non-stop service between San Diego and Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii on March 5.
Seattle-based Alaska Airlines is offering an introductory one-way fare of $219 on the new route for tickets purchased by October 28 and used between March 5 and June 6. Travel under the introductory fare will only be valid on the carrier’s Monday and Thursday flights.
Alaska Airlines has been growing its network from San Diego and it or its partner regional airlines now fly Alaska Airlines-branded services from the Southern California city to Boise, Boston, Fresno, Honolulu, Kahului on Maui, Lihue on Kauai, Mammoth Lakes, Monterey, Salt Lake City, Santa Rosa, Orlando and Puerto Vallarta.
The airline’s schedule for its new San Diego-Kona service will see its flight departing San Diego International Airport (IATA code SAN) at 5:55 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from March 5, landing at Kona International Airport at Keāhole (KOA) at 10:10 p.m. local time.
In the other direction, Alaska Airlines’ flight will leave KOA at 9:00 a.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from March 5, arriving at SAN at 4:25 p.m. local time. There is a two-hour time zone difference between California and Hawaii, the island state being two time zones behind U.S. Pacific time.
As a result, Alaska Airlines’ westbound San Diego-Kona flight is scheduled to have a 6 hour 15 minute block time, while the eastbound Kona-San Diego flight is scheduled to have a 5 hour 25 minute block time.
Alaska Airlines has not indicated which aircraft type it will use for its San Diego-Kona service.
However, given San Diego International Airport’s 9,401-foot runway length it appears more likely that the carrier will use Boeing 737-800 jets to operate the new service rather than operating it with Boeing 737-900ER aircraft, because of the latter model’s requirement for long runway take-off distances and a somewhat demanding departure-climb requirement when the airport’s single runway is being used in the 09 direction.
In 2015, Alaska Airlines will operate 74 peak-season round-trips each week linking Kona with Anchorage, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, Oakland and San Jose.
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