Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) has applied for two new flights at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the closest airport to the nation’s capital. The airline’s bid would provide nonstop service from Washington, D.C., to Portland, Oregon, and San Diego — the two cities with the largest passenger demand that don’t already have flights to Reagan National. If granted, Alaska would offer one daily roundtrip flight to each city.
Reagan National is one of the few domestic commercial airports in the nation that requires an act of Congress to add flights. To be considered for four roundtrip flights longer than 1,250 miles that Congress authorized last month, airlines are required to submit their application to the Department of Transportation (DOT) on March 12. Alaska applied for two of the four flights.
No other carrier currently provides nonstop service to Reagan National from Portland or San Diego. Nonstop service from Oregon to the greater Washington, D.C., area is limited to a single daily flight into Dulles International Airport, located in Virginia more than 25 miles from downtown D.C.
Alaska Airlines currently operates three daily nonstop flights to Reagan National: two from Seattle/Tacoma and one from Los Angeles.
The DOT is expected to make a decision in May. If Alaska is awarded the slots for Portland and San Diego, the carrier could begin service as soon as late August.
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