Alaska Airlines recently announced that the company will open a flight attendant base in San Diego, the fifth base in the airline’s network.

The company said the new base will save the carrier more than $1 million annually and is expected to help with on-time performance since flight attendants will be living in San Diego instead of commuting from another city.

“Opening a flight attendant domicile in San Diego demonstrates Alaska Airlines’ commitment to serve the region,” Jeffrey Peterson, master executive council president for the Association of Flight Attendants at Alaska Airlines, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have a presence in such a beautiful location. San Diego truly lives up to its nickname as ‘America’s Finest City.’ ”

Andy Schneider, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of inflight services, said approximately 15 percent of the flight attendants needed at the San Diego base already live in the region and currently commute to Los Angeles or other airports.

Alaska Airlines also has flight attendant bases in Portland, Ore.; Los Angeles; Seattle; and Anchorage, Alaska.

— SDBJ Staff Report