Alaska Airlines Axes Flights in California

Alaska Airlines announced on Thursday that they are cutting flights from Los Angeles International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, and San Diego International Airport. The company cited low demand and improved efficiency as the reason for the cuts.

Passengers looking to fly out from San Francisco will no longer be able to take Alaska Airlines flights to Minneapolis, Fort Lauderdale, or Mexico City after May 19. Flights from San Francisco to Denver will end on June 5, while the last non-stop flight from San Francisco to Cancún, Mexico will leave on March 3. Alaska Airlines has already cut back multiple daily non-stop flights to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to one flight a day.

Alaska Airlines passengers who use LAX as a hub also have fewer flights to choose from. The airline ended its non-stop flights from Los Angeles to Havana, Cuba and Cancún, Mexico in January. They are also planning to discontinue non-stop flights from Los Angeles to Orlando in July. In addition to flights departing LAX, Alaska Airlines plans to axe their service from San Diego International Airport to Mexico City in May.

In contrast with these new cuts, Alaska Airlines opted to add more flights from San Francisco to the Midwest and the East Coast late last year. These new flights travel to Raleigh–Durham International Airport, Baltimore–Washington International Airport, Indianapolis International Airport, and Kansas City International Airport.

Alaska Air Group, which owns Alaska Airlines, purchased Virgin America in 2016 for $4 billion. Despite disapproval from Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, the two companies officially merged in January. The merger has prompted a widespread reshuffling of flights and aircraft.