Alaska Airlines has become the latest carrier to announce new or
expanded service to Newark in the wake of the FAA’s April decision to loosen
landing restrictions at the airport.
The first two of Alaska’s four new flights will begin in November
when it launches daily service between Newark and Portland and between
Newark and San Diego, the carrier said Thursday. Alaska will commence daily
Newark-San Jose service next March, then add a third daily Seattle-Newark
flight in May.
Alaska joins JetBlue in announcing more flights out of Newark in
the aftermath of the FAA ruling. In addition, Allegiant in November will become
the first ultra-low-cost domestic carrier to operate out of the airport.
Iceland-based ultra-low-cost carrier Wow will also begin operations at Newark
The extra competition could bring costs down at the airport, where
United currently controls 73% of the daily takeoff and arrival slots. In the
fourth quarter of last year, the most recent for which the Bureau of
Transportation Statistics has data, fares at Newark were the highest among the
nation’s 15 largest airports.
At present, the FAA allows no more than 1,233 daily arrivals and
departures from Newark, but flights beginning Oct. 30 or later won’t be subject
to that rule. Rather, the regulators will review those flight applications on a
“We thank the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey for their efforts to increase competition
in the New York metro area,” said John Kirby, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of