Alaska Airlines to Discontinue Flights Between New York JFK and Los Angeles

Alaska Airlines has decided to discontinue its regular flights between New York JFK and Los Angeles (LAX) from October 6 later this year to better compete in other West Coast hubs.

Alaska Airlines has been operating flight between New York and Los Angeles since it took over Virgin America. Currently, Alaska Airlines operate twice-daily flights on this route. The airline was planning to reduce the frequency and operate only once daily in the fall. However, it’ is being discontinued now.

alaska plane in the sky
| © Alaska Airlines

This route is one of the most competitive routes in the United States. Alongside Alaska Airlines, this route is also served by American Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue and United Airlines.

Although this is a premium market, Alaska Airlines is the only airline that’s not offering flatbeds. All other carriers are offering flatbeds. However, Alaska’s Chief Commercial Officer claimed that they were happy with the product offering, saying:

“We feel really good. We are very thankful that we maintained a non-lie-flat position. We think our first-class seats are spot-on for the demand environment.”

While the airline is cutting its route between New York and LAX, it will be operating 25 daily flights between New York and other West Coast cities. It will operate 12 daily flights to New York’s JFK, using all allocated slots from:

Seattle (SEA), 4 daily flights

San Francisco (SFO), 4 daily flights

Portland (PDX), 2 daily flights

San Diego (SAN), 2 daily flights

In addition, Alaska Airlines will also operate 13 daily flights to Newark on the following routes:

Seattle (SEA), 4 daily flights

Los Angeles (LAX), 4 daily flights

San Francisco (SFO), 3 daily flights

Portland (PDX), 1 daily flight

San Diego (SAN), 1 daily flight

Commenting on this decision, the airline said:

“We’re focusing our resources on where we can best compete and provide the most consistent, superior service to our guests. Our biggest strength is our core markets on the West Coast, including Seattle, San Francisco, Portland and San Diego.”

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Sharad Ranabhat
Sharad Ranabhat
Web Editor - Based in Nepal, Sharad has a passion for data-driven analysis with a strong focus on aviation and travel. Having written for Airlive, Sam Chui, Aviation Nepal and others, he aims to improve his content and knowledge of the industry through editing with Travel Radar


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