RDU launches nonstop flight to San Francisco via Virgin America

New nonstop flight service between Albuquerque San Francisco to launch this fall

Alaska Airlines is growing its footprint at Mineta San Jose International Airport and the Bay Area with its announcement March 9, of nonstop service between San Jose and three new destinations for the airline.

"Our focus city of San Jose is a key part of our Bay Area growth strategy and allows us to focus on the unique needs of Silicon Valley residents, while bringing low fares and choice to everyone living in the Bay Area metropolitan area", said John Kirby, Alaska Airlines' vice president of capacity planning.

As an incentive to establish that service, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered United up to a $1.5 million annual backstop to cover any gap between the airline's revenue and a contracted minimum. A redeye flight will leave SFO at 11:30 p.m. and arrive back at RDU at 7:30 a.m. the following day. At that time, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) created the Air Service Coalition and started courting airlines for nonstop flights to the area.

United Airlines now flies nonstop to San Francisco.

In December 2014, Southwest announced nonstop flights between Oakland and BNA to start in June 2015.




Alaska/Virgin plans to add service on 13 new routes from San Francisco and San Jose in late summer and fall of this year.

Meyer said that as Alaska Airlines continues to expand in California, Kansas City is a natural fit for that expansion.

This will be the second Indianapolis route for Alaska Airlines, which will start serving the market in May with direct flights to Seattle.

BNA is now served by 12 airlines and offers 440 daily flights.

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