OKC receives new airline, nonstop flight
Options for business and leisure travel continue to grow at Will Rogers World Airport (WRWA). Alaska Airlines announced on Nov. 25, 2014, that it will begin daily nonstop service between WRWA and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on July 1, 2015. The west coast airline is the seventh-largest carrier in the U.S. and is new to Oklahoma City. WRWA will now serve 22 nonstop airports with an average of 75 daily departures.
“This is a very exciting announcement for the Oklahoma City market,” said Mark Kranenburg, Director of Airports for the City of Oklahoma City, in a news release. “Alaska Airlines has been high on our list of targeted airlines for several years. Not only will Alaska bring great travel opportunities for our customers, they also bring their excellent reputation for innovation and customer service.”
Oklahoma City’s thriving energy and aerospace sectors were factors in the airline’s decision to fly to OKC, along with a growing leisure market to the Pacific Northwest and the numerous Alaska Airlines destinations. The addition of a new air service provider also allows Oklahoma City to market itself as a destination for additional flights from Alaska Airlines.
The Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle will begin service with one daily, nonstop flight utilizing a 76-seat Embraer 175 jet. The new jet will provide plenty of room, inflight Wi-Fi and entertainment and a first class cabin with power in the seats.
Earlier in 2014, WRWA also added a nonstop flight to Charlotte, N.C. The addition of service to Charlotte provides more access to the East Coast and international connections. In addition to the increase in nonstop flights, WRWA also continues to make significant investments in its facilities to increase services. Since 2001, more than $264 million has been invested in infrastructure and passenger facilities with another $92 million in capital improvements planned for 2015.
“Expanding and supporting nonstop service at Will Rogers World Airport is crucial to Oklahoma City’s economic development success,” said Roy H. Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “Our positive business climate and the strength of our energy and aerospace sectors make Oklahoma City an attractive option for airline providers.”
The Chamber works with the Airport Trust to conduct nonstop marketing campaigns with each new flight to ensure their success. To date, WRWA provides nonstop service to the 18 cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.