Alaska Airlines bulks up its summer service to Lower 48

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Alaska Airlines Embraer jet [Credit: Heather Dunbar/Shutterstock.com]
Alaska Airlines is adding year-round service to Las Vegas and seasonal flights to Denver and San Francisco, all from its Anchorage hub. Photo Credit: Heather Dunbar/Shutterstock.com

Alaska Airlines plans to offer three new mainland routes this summer from its hub in Anchorage.

Year-round service between Anchorage and Las Vegas, four days a week, will begin May 20.

Alaska is also adding daily seasonal routes from Anchorage to Denver and San Francisco from June 17 through Aug. 16. The airline had previously announced the launch of Anchorage-San Francisco for last April but delayed its debut due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Alaska will compete against United on Anchorage-Denver, according to Cirium schedule data. It will be the lone airline serving Anchorage-Las Vegas and Anchorage-San Francisco.

The carrier will also expand its daily summer seasonal service from Anchorage to Phoenix into year-round.

With the introduction of the new service, Alaska will offer eight continental U.S. destinations from Anchorage next summer. The others are Chicago O'Hare; Los Angeles; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle.

"The demand for leisure travel in 2021 is beginning to return as our guests look ahead, and we're offering even more nonstops to take Alaskans to the places they want to go," said Marilyn Romano, the carrier's regional vice president.

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