San Diego Business Journal

Alaska Airlines Offering New Direct Local Flights to Newark

By Lou Hirsh Thursday, July 21, 2016
   

Alaska Airlines will offer new daily nonstop service between San Diego and Newark, New Jersey, beginning Nov. 21, the carrier and San Diego International Airport officials announced.

An airport statement said the new service will use a Boeing 737 aircraft, with tickets going on sale July 25. An outgoing flight is scheduled to depart from San Diego at 9:55 a.m. and arrive at Newark Liberty International Airport at 5:55 p.m.; with an inbound flight leaving Newark at 7 p.m. and arriving in San Diego at 10 p.m.

Officials said the new service comes after the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey recently approved Alaska Airlines’ request to operate additional daily flights from Newark.

“Alaska Airlines’ new service to Newark, New Jersey will provide a much-needed nonstop option for accessing the New York City area’s west side,” said Hampton Brown, San Diego International Airport’s director of air service development. “With Newark’s efficient public transport links, travelers will be able to fly from downtown San Diego and reach the center of Manhattan in about 6 hours.”

John Kirby, vice president of capacity planning for Seattle-based Alaska Airlines, said the carrier since 2015 has launched 28 new routes from its West Coast hubs and focus cities. The new San Diego-Newark service is the airline’s third East Coast destination from San Diego.