SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines is expanding its Seattle hub with new service from Seattle to Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston is the seventh new city the carrier has added this year, following last month's start of service from Seattle to Raleigh/Durham. A popular destination for both business and pleasure, Charleston has rich history while being a major business hub for companies worldwide.
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“We’re excited to add Charleston, South Carolina to our growing list of non-stop cities from Seattle, now 86 and counting,” said John Kirby, the airline's vice president of capacity planning. "The secret about Charleston as a destination is out of the bag, as readers of Conde Nast have voted it the top U.S. city the last five years in a row.”
In celebration, introductory one-way fares start at $159 to Charleston and are on sale at www.alaskaair.com
.* Tickets must be purchased by Nov. 19 and travel completed by March 9, 2016.
“On behalf of the Charleston County Aviation Authority, we are proud to welcome Alaska Airlines to the Lowcountry and look forward to a long and prosperous partnership,” said Billy Swails, Charleston County Aviation Authority chairman. “Service to Seattle gives our passengers an important new destination.”
Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority, which owns and operates CHS along with two general aviation airports said “our first coast-to-coast air service is an important milestone in the growth of air service at Charleston International Airport. We look forward to sharing our world-renowned Southern hospitality with visitors from the Pacific Northwest and hope the Lowcountry will take advantage of the opportunity to explore the beauty and culture of the Portland-Seattle-Vancouver corridor aboard Alaska Airlines.”
Flights will be operated by fuel-efficient Next Generation 737 aircraft. Onboard, customers will get to enjoy more of what they love with free and premium entertainment direct to customer devices, Pacific Northwest-inspired food and beverages and custom leather seats with power outlets for laptops and personal devices for each customer.
"The hospitality industry welcomes Alaska Airlines with open arms and appreciation for launching Charleston's first transcontinental service. The entire Puget Sound region is a rich field of opportunity for our industry to welcome discerning travelers who will appreciate the vast experiences that the Charleston area offers," said Dan Blumenstock, chairman of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with its partner regional airlines, serves more than 100 cities through an expansive network in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico. Alaska Airlines ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America” in the J.D. Power North America Airline Satisfaction Study for eight consecutive years from 2008 to 2015. Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan also ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Airline Loyalty Rewards Programs” in the J.D. Power 2014 and 2015 Airline Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report. For reservations, visit www.alaskaair.com. For more news, images and information, visit Alaska Airlines’ newsroom at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom
*General terms and conditions for the fare sale: Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all days. Some markets may not operate daily service. Fares are nonrefundable, are priced in U.S. dollars, and include all applicable taxes, fees and charges based on one-way travel. A ticket purchased at an Alaska Airlines airport location or through one of our reservation call centers will cost $15 more per person than the advertised fare. Differences in fare and taxes, fees and charges apply to any changes made after ticketing. A $125 change fee per person applies to changes made within 60 days of ticketed travel. Other restrictions— such as day of week, blackout dates and advance purchase requirements — may apply. Additional U.S. taxes may apply to itineraries involving more than one stopover or a stopover lasting more than 12 hours. Bag fees apply for checked baggage. See alaskaair.com or call Alaska Airlines reservations at 1-800-ALASKAAIR for complete fare rules, checked baggage policies and more information.