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OAK is Major Gateway to Hawaii with Nonstop Flights to Four Islands

OAK is Major Gateway to Hawaii with Nonstop Flights to Four Islands

Press Releases
July 1st, 2010

Alaska Airlines announced service to Lihue, on the island of Kauai, from Oakland International Airport (OAK) beginning March 28, 2011, making it the fourth nonstop Hawaiian Island destination from OAK. This new service complements Alaska Airlines existing service to Kahului, Maui, and Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii, from OAK. Hawaiian Airlines flies daily nonstop service from OAK to Honolulu, on the island of Oahu.

"Oakland International Airport now has a full portfolio of Hawaiian service for consumers to choose from and has become a major gateway to Hawaii from the mainland,” said Deborah Ale Flint, Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland, which owns and operates OAK. “Alaska Airlines’ decision to serve Lihue is based upon the success of existing Hawaiian Island service, and we’re extremely pleased to see additional growth in these markets. What is especially appealing about this new flight is that it is an evening departure. Nothing can beat finishing a day in the Bay Area, then hopping on Alaska Airlines’ flight to beautiful Kauai and arriving in time for dinner,” she continued.

Alaska will operate four weekly flights between OAK and Lihue Airport (LIH) on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Flight times are as follows:

Flights begin Monday, March 28, 2011, from Terminal 1. All flight times are local.

Alaska’s additional service between OAK and the Hawaiian Islands includes:

-  Four weekly flights to Kahului Airport (OGG), on the island of Maui, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

-  Three weekly flights to Kona International Airport (KOA), on the west side of Hawaii’s Big Island, on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Alaska will use new, high-tech Boeing 737-800 jet aircraft which seat 16 first class and 141 main cabin passengers. Flights to Lihue are now on sale at www.alaskaair.com or by calling 1-800-ALASKAAIR (1-800-252-7522). Fares start at $179 each way for tickets purchased by July 9, 2010, and travel through May 17, 2011. These new flights are in addition to Alaska’s current schedule of flights between OAK and Seattle, and sister company Horizon Air’s service between OAK and Portland. Together, the two airlines are the second busiest carrier at OAK.

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 StudiesSM. For reservations and more information, visit alaskaair.com.

About Hawaiian Airlines: Hawaiian Airlines is the top domestic airline serving Hawaii. Now in its 81st year of continuous service for Hawaii, Hawaiian is the state’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as 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 the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.

About the Port of Oakland: The Port of Oakland oversees 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 and fourth largest airport in California, offering over 130 daily 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. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland. Visit portofoakland.com and oaklandairport.com.

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