Alaska Airlines drops flights between Fresno and Los Angeles

An Alaska Airlines Embraer E175 jet takes off from Fresno Yosemite International Airport

An Alaska Airlines Embraer E175 jet takes off from Fresno Yosemite International Airport

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Alaska Airlines, one of only two commercial airlines providing nonstop service between Fresno and Los Angeles, will discontinue its route after the Labor Day holiday weekend next month.

The airline’s booking site shows that Tuesday, Sept. 6 will be the final departure from Fresno to Los Angeles International Airport, leaving Fresno Yosemite International Airport at 8 am The last return flight on the schedule is later that day, leaving LAX at 6:40 pm and arriving in Fresno at 7:44 pm

Vikkie Calderon, a spokesperson for Fresno Yosemite International Airport, said the city-owned airport had not been notified by Alaska Airlines about the rationale for its decision. Alaska’s flights were operated by Utah-based SkyWest Airlines under the AlaskaSkyWest brand.

Alaska Airlines’ pullout from the Fresno market will leave United Airlines as the only carrier offering service between Fresno, the fifth largest city in California, and Los Angeles.

“With United, we still have service to LA and connectivity for interstate travel beyond Los Angeles,” Calderon told The Fresno Bee late Thursday afternoon.

United offers two daily nonstop flights each way between Fresno and Los Angeles, Calderon added.

Alaska Airlines will remain in the Fresno market on other routes.

The airline’s booking engine continues to offer at least one daily nonstop flight each way between Fresno and San Diego; two nonstop flights each way between Fresno and Seattle; and two daily flights most days between Fresno and Portland, Ore.

The cut in service to Los Angeles by Alaska Airlines comes less than six months after the airline announced its “Flight Pass” program in which customers could purchase annual subscriptions for round-trip flights on its Fresno-Los Angeles and Fresno-San Diego routes, as well as other city pairs across the western US

The airline did not respond Thursday evening to a query from The Bee about what would become of customers holding subscriptions for the Fresno-Los Angeles route.

This story was originally published August 4, 2022 6:25 PM.

Lifelong Valley resident Tim Sheehan has worked as a reporter and editor in the region since 1986, and has been with The Fresno Bee since 1998. He is currently The Bee’s data reporter and also covers California’s high-speed rail project and other transportation issues. He grew up in Madera, has a journalism degree from Fresno State and a master’s degree in leadership studies from Fresno Pacific University.
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