Alaska Airlines on Tuesday will add two new daily direct flights from Redmond to Los Angeles and San Diego and in March will add daily service to San Francisco.
The new service to San Diego will be the 10th non-stop destination offered at Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM). Alaska’s new daily service to SFO will begin begin March 19, bringing their total direct flights by Alaska out of RDM to twelve a day.
For business travelers like William Hester, it’s a welcome addition.
“The company I work for actually is based out of San Diego, so it makes getting down there for meetings and taking clients down so much easier and so much more convenient,” Hester said.
The new flights could lead to more competitive pricing.
“Increased commercial air service options is good news for Central Oregon travelers,” said Redmond Airport Director Zachary Bass. ” In the long run, when you see competition in the market, you will usually see fares decrease.”
Currently, Alaska offers flights from Redmond direct to Portland and Seattle, making up more than 40% of all commercial flights at the Central Oregon airport.
“We have a lot of dedicated customers in Central Oregon and we’re excited to offer even more non-stops between vibrant Pacific Northwest communities and our growing hubs in California,” said Brett Catlin, Alaska Airlines managing director of capacity planning and alliances.
Bass said 2019 was a year of growth at RDM.
“The Airport is now exceeding a million passengers per year,” he said. “As we continue to bring on new destinations and increase air service options for Central Oregon passengers without having to drive over the mountains, we remain committed to providing quality customer service, and retaining RDM’s unique characteristics and small-town feel.”
According to Alaska Airlines, the new routes will be served by Alaska’s 76-seat Embraer 175 jets, offering premium and first-class seating and many in-flight amenities, such as a fresh, seasonal food and beverage menu, movies and TV shows available for viewing on personal devices, free texting, and Wi-Fi connectivity for purchase.
Non-stop flights are popular. Ginger Alden prefers to avoid making connections, when possible.
“It just lengthens the day to have to make a stop, and catch another plane, then things go wrong,” she said. “And, especially in the winter time, in the Pacific Northwest, anything can happen and you might miss a flight.”
For flight times, information and reservations visit www.alaskaair.com.
Additional airport, airline, and travel information can be found online at www.flyrdm.com