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 in November.

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 case-by-case basis.

“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 capacity planning.

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