SAN JOSE – Alaska Airlines has decided to launch a series of new flights that will connect San Jose International Airport to three different states, providing a welcome counterpoint to the bleak global travel trends spawned by the coronavirus. The new daily flights will connect travelers from the San Jose Airport to destinations in Washington, Oregon and Montana. “This new service demonstrates Alaska’s confidence and continued commitment to the San Jose and Silicon Valley market in these unprecedented times,” said Judy Ross, deputy director of aviation at the San Jose International Airport. San Jose. New Alaska Airlines flights will connect San Jose to Spokane, Washington; Redmond, Oregon; and Missoula, MT, the airport and the airline said. “San Jose is an important city for Alaska, and we are always looking for opportunities to grow our footprint,” said Brett Catlin, general manager of capacity planning and alliances with Alaska Airlines. Flights between San Jose and Spokane begin in September of this year. In March 2021, Alaska intends to launch new air routes with Redmond and Missoula, the airline said. “As our customers begin to return to the air, we believe that leisure travel will play an increasingly important role in overall demand,” said Catlin. The new flights match Alaska’s efforts to expand its leisure offerings. “Our San Jose additions to Spokane, Redmond and Missoula are a key part of our network diversification plans,” Catlin said. .
SAN JOSE – Passenger travel through San Jose International Airport soared in May compared to April, and early indicators suggest further increases in June, a sign that the aviation hub Silicon Valley started to rebound after travel problems related to the coronavirus. “We have seen an increase in the number of travelers in recent months,” said Demetria Machado, spokesperson for San Jose International Airport. However, the number of travelers who passed through San Jose Airport in May was only a small fraction of the travelers in May 2019. “We only received about 6% of the passengers last May compared to May 2019, “said Machado. In May, 79,600 people passed through San Jose Airport, measured by both departures and arrivals. This represents an increase of 112% from the 37,600 that passed through the airport in April. Although travel more than doubled in May compared with April, the two months are much less than the same months of the previous year. Travel in May decreased 94% from 1.36 million trips through San Jose airport in May 2019. Travel in April was 97% lower than passenger travel in April 2019, which totaled 1, 3 million. Business closures ordered by local and state government agencies, along with the collapse in interest in air travel, have sparked a collapse in air travel worldwide. The collapse of air transport has also bludgeoned the hospitality and leisure sectors and triggered layoffs and departures in hotels and resorts around the world. However, overseas travel measured very recently through TSA checkpoints at San Jose Airport indicates a further dramatic increase in air travel to the aviation hub. TSA checkpoints totaled 18,500 in April, 40,300 in May and 88,600 in June. Exits from the TSA control point at the airport gates and other secure areas represent an imperfect barometer for airport activity. They also do not measure arrivals. However, TSA activity can serve as an early indicator of the appearance of the official monthly passenger travel report at the airport. In this case, the activity of TSA in June represented more than double the transits through checkpoints in May. “We are ready and waiting for those who choose to travel because we have implemented numerous health and safety measures throughout our airport to protect our employees and passengers,” said Machado. Airport employees and managers, as well as TSA employees, constantly disinfect high and frequent contact areas and modules, such as treadmills at TSA checkpoints, trays for personal effects, ticket offices and counters. In addition, hand sanitizers and safety warnings such as social distancing and reminders to wear masks are almost as ubiquitous as slot machines in a Las Vegas casino. Airport workers make custom Plexiglass shields and hand sanitizing stations at the San Jose Aviation Center. About 330 security stickers were deployed at the complex, said Graham Ritz, airport operations supervisor in terminal management. San Jose airport guards use an electrostatic sprayer daily to clean hard-to-reach areas. Among these: spaces between seats and keyboards at the counters. “When travelers are ready to travel, we are ready for them,” said Machado. .