Oakland Becomes a Major Gateway to the Hawaiian Islands – Flights Start Today

Posted: April 10, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News), USA
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The Seattle-based airline will add Honolulu to the list of island destinations

The Seattle-based airline will add Honolulu to the list of island destinations

Oakland, Calif. (April 10, 2012) — Alaska Airlines launched new daily nonstop service to Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, from Oakland International Airport (OAK) today with a Hawaiian-themed celebration (photos attached). Alaska’s daily service to Honolulu is its sixth nonstop destination served from OAK and the fourth Hawaiian Island destination, securing the airline’s place as the airport’s second largest carrier.

Passengers were welcomed aboard Alaska’s inaugural flight to Honolulu following a traditional Hawaiian music and dance performance, and welcoming remarks by both Alaska and Port of Oakland leadership.

“The Port of Oakland is extremely grateful to Alaska Airlines for inaugurating service between Oakland and Honolulu today, and for recognizing the opportunity for continued expansion of their Hawaii service here,” said Marily Mora, Assistant Director of Aviation for the Port, which owns and operates OAK. “Alaska has been our airline partner since 1983, and has offered excellent service to our mutual customers since then. We are pleased that they have had tremendous success with Maui, Kona and Lihue service.”

Alaska Airlines also offers daily service to Kahului, Maui; Kona, on the Big Island; Lihue, Kauai; and multiple daily flights to Seattle-Tacoma, Washington, and Portland, Oregon.

Hawaiian Airlines also plans to bring more paradise to OAK by adding seats this summer. Hawaiian flies daily nonstop service from OAK to its Honolulu hub, and has increased its seasonal nonstop service to Maui to year-round. From July 1 through Aug. 21, 2012, Hawaiian will offer daily service to Maui. The double-daily Boeing 767-300 wide-body, twin-aisle aircraft offer a comfortable flight for passengers.

Combined, the two airlines will offer 1,148 seats on six daily nonstops from OAK to the Hawaiian Islands in summer 2012. OAK has emerged as a major mainland gateway to the Hawaiian Islands, joining a select group of U.S. airports with flights to the four major islands.

About Alaska Airlines:  Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together serve more than 90 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers” in the J.D. Power and Associates 2008, 2009 and 2010 North America Airline Satisfaction Studies SM. For reservations, visit www.alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom.

About Hawaiian Airlines: Now in its 83rd year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the largest provider of passenger air service to Hawaii from the state’s primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities (10) than any other airline, as well as service to Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 170 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at www.HawaiianAirlines.com.

About the Port of Oakland: The Port of Oakland includes the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport, and 20 miles of waterfront. The Oakland seaport is the fifth busiest container port in the U.S.; Oakland International Airport is the second largest San Francisco Bay Area airport offering over 300 daily passenger and cargo flights; and the Port’s real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas. Together, through Port operations and those of its tenants and users, the Port supports over 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and at www.portofoakland.com.

Press release from Port of Oakland
10th April 1012


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