ONTARIO, CA – Today MetroAir announced that it was beginning several new services out of its west coast hub, Ontario, and focus city, Portland. Effective immediately, MetroAir will be operating two daily flights from Ontario and Portland to Anchorage, Alaska. These flights mark MetroAir’s first scheduled service to Alaska. The flight schedules have been optimized to provide the most number of connections for through passengers continuing on to other MetroAir destinations. The last flight from Anchorage to Ontario will enable passengers to connect up with many of the International flights to Asia and Europe, as well as many other domestic destinations that MetroAir offer.
The airline’s Chief Operation Officer, William Hogarth said, “We are delighted to be able to begin a dedicated scheduled Alaska service, Anchorage is an excellent city for both the business and leisure traveler. We have long been assessing the viability of Alaska as it has been a key missing link in our network for many years and we feel that these services will now bridge the gap and provide even more choice to our customers”.
In addition to Anchorage, MetroAir will also begin direct service to Honolulu from Portland utilizing an Airbus A321. Hawaii is an incredibly popular tourist destination for passengers on the Pacific Rim, both on the West Coast, and internationally. The airline already has links to the tropical paradise with daily service from Ontario to Honolulu, Lihue and Maui. The new link comes as demand continues to rise in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, passengers wishing to travel to Hawaii from the East Coast now have greater connecting options.
As passenger and fare data is collected from 2013, route changes can be expected in the coming months at both Ontario and Portland. In combination with new Airbus and Embraer aircraft arriving in the coming weeks, executives have been looking at markets such as Toronto and Minneapolis for possible expansion.