Southwest Airlines will begin offering daily, nonstop service from Spokane International Airport to San Jose next year.
The direct service will begin April 8, the Spokane International Airport announced Monday. Southwest will fly a 143-seat Boeing 737-700 aircraft between the two cities.
“San Jose is one of the world’s most significant technology and innovation centers,” Nancy Vorhees, vice chair of the Spokane Airport Board said in a news release. “Daily, year-round nonstop service to San Jose and Silicon Valley will provide a substantial benefit to our regional economy and will dramatically advance business recruitment, retention and expansion opportunities in our most important employment sectors.”
The new service provides additional access to Southern California, which is among the Spokane airport’s highest demand travel markets, said Larry Krauter, the airport’s chief executive. The new direct flight will eliminate lengthy hub connections, he said.
A flight will depart from San Jose at 5:25 p.m. and will arrive in Spokane at 7:25 p.m.; another will leave Spokane at 6 p.m. and arrive in San Jose at 8:05 p.m.
Service to San Jose is the third added by Southwest from Spokane in recent months. The airline also is offering direct flights from Spokane to Sacramento and summer seasonal service to San Diego.
Monday’s announcement is part of Southwest’s larger plan to offer more flights, primarily into California markets. Southwest is adding nearly 20 new nonstop flights and increasing frequency on 27 existing routes. The new flights will begin in April, May and June.
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