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Alaska Airlines to Launch Portland-New Orleans Flights

DALLAS – Alaska Airlines (AS), the largest carrier in Portland (PDX) for over 20 years, has announced a new seasonal route to New Orleans (MSY). Passengers can book the daily nonstop flight between PDX and MSY, starting from June 19.

The carrier plans to operate this route until next Spring, so travelers can enjoy Mardi Gras, the largest celebration in New Orleans annually. AS will operate its Boeing 737 family aircraft on this route, which is its 55th route, starting from January 6, 2025, till May 14, 2025.

Daily flights from PDX depart at 9:05 local time and arrive at MSY at 15:30. The flight time on the outbound leg is 4 hours and 25 minutes. From MSY, the return flight departs at 16.35, arriving in Portland at 19:50. 

Alaska Airlines N778AS Boeing 737-490. Photo: Brandon Farris/Airways

Executive Comments

Kirsten Amrine, vice president of revenue management and network planning for Alaska Airlines, said that “as the largest carrier in Portland for more than 20 years, it’s important we continue to expand the nonstop destinations we offer our guests and give them choices when planning their next trip.

Alaska Airlines also highlighted its plans at PDX, including its lounge, which is currently in the designing phase, set to open in 2026. The AS lounge at PDX will be 14,000 square feet.

“We are thrilled that Alaska Airlines is launching nonstop service from New Orleans to Portland. Portland has been the top unserved destination from New Orleans, and this new route not only strengthens the connection between our vibrant cities but also underscores our commitment to enhancing the travel experience for our community and visitors alike,” said Kevin Dolliole, Director of Aviation for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. 

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