Alaska Reducing Flights Between New York & Los Angeles/San Francisco

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This doesn’t really come as much of a surprise, but I find it to be an interesting development nonetheless. As Alaska’s takeover of Virgin America is being finalized (Virgin America will officially cease to exist as a brand starting next week), I’ve been fascinated to see the ways in which the airlines are integrating their operations.

Historically JFK has been a focus city for Virgin America, and prior to 2015 Alaska didn’t even fly there. Virgin America was one of the five big “players” in the premium transcon market, between New York and Los Angeles/San Francisco (along with American, Delta, JetBlue, and United).

Alaska’s first ever flight to JFK started in September 2015, between Seattle and JFK. Since then they’ve increased service to twice daily, and in November 2017 they introduced flights between Portland and JFK. Then just a couple of weeks ago they announced that they’d add further routes to & from JFK, as Alaska will be introducing once daily flights between San Jose and JFK, and a third daily flight between Seattle and JFK.