Alaska Airlines is launching daily service between San Diego and Kahului, Maui and its sister regional carrier Horizon Air is starting four-times-daily service between the Silicon Valley-area city of San Jose and Los Angeles.
Horizon Air’s new San Jose-Los Angeles service starts on August 23 and Alaska Airlines’ new San Diego-Maui service begins on October 1. Horizon Air will operate its new flights with Bombardier Q400 high-speed turboprops and Alaska Airlines will use Boeing 737NG equipment for its flights between San Diego and Kahului.
Alaska Airlines’ winter schedule will also operate daily seasonal service between San Diego and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from November 12 to April 11. On November 12, also, the carrier will also begin seasonal flying between Portland, Oregon and Kona (on the Big Island of Hawaii) four times a week until April 9.
Additionally, Alaska Airlines will add a second, three-times weekly flight between Seattle and Kona from November 11 to April 10. (The new Seattle-Kona flight will operate from November 11 to April 7, but the Kona-Seattle flight will operate from November 14 to April 10 ― the schedule perhaps being staggered in this manner in order to accommodate a minimum three-day vacation stay marketed by Alaska Airlines Vacations or other tour operators booking capacity on the flights.)
The new flights are in addition to a previously announced new daily service between Portland and Honolulu that Alaska Airlines is due to begin on September 20.
The new Alaska Airlines flight between San Diego and Kahului is timed to depart San Diego’s Lindbergh Field (SAN) at 9:20 a.m. and arrive at Kahului Airport (OGG) at 12:10 p.m. The return flight is scheduled to leave OGG at 1:10 p.m. and land back at SAN at 9:35 p.m.
Horizon Air’s four daily round-trips between San Jose’s Norman Y. Mineta (nternational Airport (SJC) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) are timed to provide convenient connections to domestic and international destinations on Alaska Airlines’ alliance partners Air France, Air Pacific, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, KLM, Korean Air, LAN and Qantas.
The first flight is timed to leave SJC at 7:25 a.m. and reach LAX at 8:40 a.m.; the second to depart from SJC at 9:40 a.m. and arrive at LAX at 10:55 a.m.; the third to push back at SJC at 3:20 p.m. and land at LAX at 4:35 p.m.; and the fourth to leave SJC at 6:55 p.m. and get to LAX at 8:10 p.m.
In the other direction, the first of Horizon Air’s four daily flights is timed to push back at LAX at 8:00 a.m. and arrive at SJC at 9:10 a.m.; the second to depart LAX at 1:25 p.m. and reach SJC at 2:35 p.m.; the third to leave LAX at 5:00 p.m. and land at SJC at 6:10 p.m.; and the fourth to depart LAX at 9:05 p.m. and get to SJC at 10:15 p.m.
Travelers can earn double Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles on Horizon Air’s new flights between San Jose and Los Angeles through November 23. To qualify, customers must register at alaskaair.com.
Alaska Airlines’ planned daily seasonal service between San Diego and Puerto Vallarta’s Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) is timed to depart SAN at 10:15 a.m. and reach PVR at 2:55 p.m. In the other direction, the schedule calls for the flight to leave PVR at 3:40 p.m. and arrive at SAN at 4:35 p.m.
The airline’s new daily service between Portland International Airport (PDX) and Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is timed to leave PDX at 7:25 a.m. and reach HNL at 10:25 a.m. The return flight is scheduled to depart HNL at 11:25 a.m. and arrive back at PDX at 8:10 p.m.
Alaska Airlines’ seasonal four-times-weekly service between Portland and Kona International Airport at Keāhole (KOA) ― which will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays ― is timed to leave PDX at 5:10 p.m. and arrive at KOA at 8:00 p.m. The return flight is planned to depart KOA at 9:00 a.m. and arrive at PDX at 5:35 p.m.
The carrier’s second, three-times weekly Seattle-Kona round-trip will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. It is timed to depart Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) at 5:10 p.m. and to reach KOA at 8:09 p.m. The return flight is timed to depart KOA at 9 a.m. and arrive back at SEA at 5:45 p.m.
Alaska Airlines is offering introductory one-way fares of $159 plus taxes and fees on tickets purchased by May 4, 2010 on all Hawaii flights from Portland and San Diego, for travel through February 11, 2011.
The new flights can be booked at alaskaair.com or horizonair.com or by calling 1-800-ALASKAAIR (1-800-252-7522 or TTY/TDD line 1-800-392-0228). The new flights between San Diego and Puerto Vallarta require approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Mexico’s Director General of Civil Aviation before Alaska Airlines can make them available for purchase.