ROUTES: Alaska builds Portland connecting hub

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Alaska Airlines is expanding its connecting hub at Portland International airport, as it eyes additional local traffic from its base at Seattle Tacoma International airport.

“We have a real focus on building a substantial connecting complex there,” says Ben Munson, director of network planning at Alaska, on its presence at the Oregon airport on the sidelines of World Routes 2013 in Las Vegas today.

The carrier will begin new nonstop service from Portland to Tucson on 1 November and to Reno on 8 November. It has recently added new nonstops from the city to Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth and Washington National, as well as a seasonal nonstop to Fairbanks.

The new flights help free up capacity for origin and destination traffic in Seattle, says Munson.

For example, the Portland-Atlanta flight replaced one of Alaska’s two Seattle-Atlanta flights when it began this past August.

The airline has also expanded its footprint at the Portland airport, adding at least two additional gates on concourse C to the 20 it already shares with regional subsidiary Horizon Air.