18 January 2012

Airlines - Alaska Airlines (Horizon Air) to add service in California and Reno

This is a short post to note Alaska Airlines' announcement today of new service to begin on 4 June of this year.

Horizon Air, Alaska Airlines' subsidiary that flies the Bombardier Q400 turboprop, will operate new flights between San Diego and Monterey, Fresno, and Santa Rosa, as well as between Reno and San Jose.

The Reno-San Jose service also makes possible easy connections between Reno and Alaska's extensive service to Hawaii.  From San Jose, Alaska serves four of the five airports in Hawaii that receive mainland traffic: Kona, Maui, Honolulu, and Lihue.

Monterey is an all-new city for Alaska Airlines.  It will be interesting to see whether they add additional northbound service from there on Horizon Air to Alaska's hubs in Seattle and Portland, which other cities such as Fresno, Santa Barbara, and Santa Rosa already enjoy.

Horizon Air's service is top-notch, and as I never tire of pointing out, still includes complimentary beer and wine.

I'm sorry that Eureka and Redding lost their service a while back, and I would do somersaults if Horizon were ever to come to Chico, but I'm just happy to see that the Golden State clearly remains important to Alaska Airlines.

For flight details including schedules, please see Alaska Airlines' press release.

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