Alaska Airlines Seattle-Houston, Atlanta nonstop daily flights soon

Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 11:52 by Aviation Correspondent

Alaska Airlines plans to start daily nonstop Seattle-Houston flights from Sept 23, 2009.The flights from Seattle to Houston will leave Seattle at 7:45 a.m (PT) and arrive in Houston at 2.05 p.m (CT).

The Houston-Seattle flight will depart from Houston at at 4:30 p.m (CT) and reach Seattle at 7.05 p.m (PT)

Alaska Airlines will use Boeing 737-800 jets for the Seattle-Houston flights.

Andrew Harrison, Alaska’s vice president of planning and revenue management, said, “Houston is one of the largest markets that we don’t currently serve nonstop from Seattle. With its strong business ties to the state of Alaska and Pacific Northwest, the city will be great additions to our core route network.”

The airline also plans to start daily flights from Seattle to Atlanta from October 23, 2009.

The Seattle-Atlanta flight will depart from Seattle at 9.10 am (PT) and reach Atlanta at 5.10 pm (ET). The Atlanta-Seattle flight will leave from Atlanta at 6.10 pm (ET) and reach Seattle at 8.35 pm (ET).

Alaska Airlines has said that its Mileage Plan members could garner Double Miles on the new Seattle-Houston nonstop flights till November 23, 2009, and on its Seattle-Atlanta flights till December 23, 2009.

Passengers can register for this this promotion from May 27, 2009.

Alaska Airlines will also start four-times-a-week flights from Oakland to Maui and the island of Hawaii, from November 5, 2009.

It also plans to operate flights between Oakland and Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii, thrice a week, from November 10, 2009.

The airline will offer introductory one-way fares of $169 for Oakland-Maui, Oakland-Kona, and Portland-Maui flights, for tickets purchased by May 21, 2009.

Marketing vice president Steve Jarvis said, “Hawaii has become a major market for Alaska Airlines in just a short time thanks to the loyalty of our customers and great service provided by our employees.”

Reports say that Alaska Airlines will reduce the number of flights to Mexico, by 37 percent, from July 2, 2009, due to falling demand on the route.

Alaska airlines is one of the major airlines in the United States and has been expanding its internationally at a steady pace. Alaska Air Group has extended its code

share marketing partnership with Delta Air Lines.