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Alaska Airlines is ready to touch down in Buckeye Country. The airline announced today it will begin daily nonstop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Ohio. The new service, which is scheduled to begin March 7, 2019, will be the only nonstop flight offered between the Pacific Northwest and Central Ohio.
"Alaska Airlines continues to connect the West Coast with exciting new destinations across the country," said John Kirby, vice president of capacity planning and alliances at Alaska Airlines. "This new service to Columbus represents Alaska's first destination in the Buckeye State, and our commitment to offer the most nonstop destinations from our hometown of Seattle."
"Columbus is thrilled to welcome Alaska Airlines to John Glenn International," said Joseph R. Nardone, President & CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority. "With nonstop flights to Seattle, our business and leisure travelers gain even more access to the West Coast. We greatly appreciate Alaska's investment in Ohio's capital city and we look forward to welcoming their arrival in March."
Columbus is the largest city in Ohio and the 14th largest city in the nation. It's also home to The Ohio State University, one of the largest universities in the country and home of the Buckeyes.
Alaska currently operates an average of 31 daily flights from the West Coast to 10 Midwest cities, which includes Chicago; Detroit; Indianapolis; Kansas City, Missouri; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Minneapolis; Oklahoma City; Omaha, Nebraska; St. Louis; and Wichita, Kansas.
From Alaska's main hub in Seattle, guests can travel nonstop to 89 destinations. Columbus becomes the 90th nonstop destination this spring.
Alaska Airlines' guests can earn and redeem miles with Alaska's highly-acclaimed Mileage Plan program, with award travel that starts at only 5,000 miles. With Alaska and its Global Partners, members can travel to more than 900 destinations around the world.
Alaska Airlines and its regional partners fly 44 million guests a year to more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide.
Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America" in the J.D. Power North America Airline Satisfaction Study for 11 consecutive years from 2008 to 2018.