Alaska Airlines announces nonstop San Antonio to Seattle flights
New flights bring opportunities for San Antonio businesses
SAN ANTONIO - Alaska Airlines is now offering the first-ever nonstop flights from San Antonio International Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The airline had their inaugural flight on Monday evening.
Richard Perez, with the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, said there's been a growing need for direct flights to Seattle.
"The Greater Chamber does an annual survey of all our members and we asked them, 'What are the destinations that you need to get to to enhance your business?' Seattle has been at the top for the last four or five," said Perez.
Perez added that getting Alaska Airlines was a big victory for San Antonio.
The company made the decision to come to the Alamo City rather than expand existing service in Austin.
Perez believes the direct flights will not only benefit tourists but could also help grow businesses in San Antonio that have direct ties to Seattle, such as Boeing, USAA, Microsoft and cybersecurity and IT firms.
"I think it's a realization that we do have those very direct ties -- our businesses in San Antoino to the business in Seattle -- and I think it's going to grow over time," he said.
The airline is kicking off service with just one flight to and from Seattle every day.
"In a new market, to obviously develop our clientele with our partner with the Chamber and the presence in the aerospace industry, hopefully, we can grow the market and expand," said Alaska Airlines Director of Station Operations Ron Calvin.
Flights depart at 7:25 p.m. every day
The planes are Boeing 737-800s, which seat 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin.
If needed, there could be larger planes and more flights in the future.
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