Alaska Airlines Announces New Service Between Albuquerque and Orange County – 2/1/17


 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry announced that Alaska Airlines will, again, expand service in Albuquerque this Fall with flights added to Orange County’s John Wayne Airport.  The daily nonstop flight will go on sale today and service begins August 18th.  News of the new service comes on the heels of last month’s announcement by Alaska of service between Albuquerque and Portland.

“I’m pleased to work with Alaska Airlines, a great partner, that helps connect Albuquerque to great destinations for business and leisure travel.” said Mayor Richard J. Berry.  “With today’s announcement, they will now serve three nonstop destinations from the Sunport and we look forward to their continued presence and growth in our great city.”

Since 2009, the Sunport has added three new airlines with service to three new destinations and expanded options to four existing destinations, which has ultimately led to positive passenger growth in 2016.

During this same period, the Sunport has remained fiscally responsible, maintained one of the highest bond ratings in the industry for an airport of its size and renovated the entire post-security area of the terminal.  Beginning this spring, a major renovation project to the pre-security portion of the terminal is scheduled to begin, with completion scheduled in 2018.

Summary of new service:

Start Date City Pair Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
August 18 Albuquerque – Orange County 12:25 p.m. 1:32 p.m. Daily E175
August 18 Orange County – Albuquerque 2:15 p.m. 5:15 p.m. Daily E175


Flights between Albuquerque and Orange County will be operated by Horizon Air. The route will be served with the 76-seat E175 jet, which features 12 seats in first class, 12 seats in premium class and 52 seats in the main cabin. The E175 boasts cabin dimensions on par with a narrow-body jet.

Tickets for the new route will go on sale today. To purchase tickets on Alaska Airlines, visit to find great savings, or call 1-800-ALASKAAIR (800-252-7522 for Hearing & Speech Impaired (TTY): Dial 711 for Relay Services).