Alaska Airlines / Virgin America merger to increase SFO flights

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With the announcement of a merger between Alaska Airlines and Virgin America, it’s not surprise that things will be changing. And Alaska has announced the joint company’s San Francisco hub will be growing with additional flights to their most popular destinations.

This change includes new daily nonstop flights from San Francisco International Airport to Orange County, California; Minneapolis; and Orlando, Florida — all beginning in the summer of 2017. The change means Alaska Airlines and Virgin America will serve 20 of the top 25 destinations from San Francisco.

“We’re excited to grow our San Francisco hub by adding service to three of the most requested destinations by fliers,” said John Kirby, vice president of capacity planning for Alaska Airlines. “Through the combination of Alaska Airlines and Virgin America, Bay Area fliers can now enjoy 113 daily flights to 32 destinations from three Bay Area airports giving our customers even more opportunities to both earn and burn miles as part of the nation’s most award winning loyalty program.”

The additional destinations means Alaska Airlines and Virgin American will offer 71 intra-California flights daily, to 12 different destinations within the state.

Tickets for the new destinations are on sale, and will begin in the summer of 2017.