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Alaska Airlines to offer direct flights from Ohio airport to Seattle

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018

People stand in the Alaska Airlines ticket area at Sea-Tac International Airport Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in SeaTac, Wash.An airline mechanic stole an Alaska Airlines plane without any passengers and took off from Sea-Tac International Airport in Washington state on Friday night before crashing near Ketron Island, officials said. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) ORG XMIT: WAET114 (Elaine Thompson / AP)
People stand in the Alaska Airlines ticket area at Sea-Tac International Airport Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in SeaTac, Wash.An airline mechanic stole an Alaska Airlines plane without any passengers and took off from Sea-Tac International Airport in Washington state on Friday night before crashing near Ketron Island, officials said. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) ORG XMIT: WAET114 (Elaine Thompson / AP)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Alaska Airlines will offer daily nonstop flights between Ohio’s capital city and Seattle in March when the airline joins the lineup at a Columbus airport.

Airport officials say it was a “top priority” to secure direct flights from John Glenn Columbus International Airport to Seattle, where both Alaska Airlines and Amazon.com Inc. are based. Service will begin March 7.

Columbus is one of 20 cities in the bid for Amazon’s planned second headquarters. Mayor Andrew Ginther says he hopes the flights will increase trade between the two cities and “attract even more talented people to our region.”

Columbus and Pittsburgh were the only two cities on Amazon’s shortlist in January without direct flights to Seattle. Alaska Airlines will begin nonstop service between Seattle and Pittsburgh next month.

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