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Alaska Airlines Announces New Service to California Airport

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Alaska Airlines announced Wednesday it would debut new flights from San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport in California starting in January 2020.

Alaska’s new once-daily nonstop service from San Luis Obispo County to San Diego International Airport will debut on January 7, 2020, and the new daily flights from California to Portland International Airport begin June 18, 2020.

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Tickets for the flights are now on sale.

The new routes highlight Alaska’s commitment to the California market, with the airline announcing additional service from San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego to destinations such as Anchorage, Boise, Spokane and Redmond/Bend.

“We are excited to add nonstop service to San Diego and Portland, Oregon, from San Luis Obispo, furthering our commitment to California’s Central Coast,” Alaska managing Brett Catlin said in a statement. “Whether visiting nearby Paso Robles to experience the renowned food and wine scene, cycling through hills and vistas, or enjoying our on-board West Coast-inspired food and beverage menu, Alaska guests can look forward to experiencing our award-winning service.”

To celebrate the start of service from San Luis Obispo County, Alaska held an event at the airport and unveiled a specially commissioned chalk mural by local artist Rachel Hamann.

With the additional service, Alaska and its regional partners now serve 46 million guests a year and more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica.

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Airlines Scaling Back On Some In-Flight Services Due to Coronavirus

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A few airlines, including those already affected by the coronavirus outbreak, have begun scaling back on some in-flight services as a way to help fight the virus.

The Points Guy writes that Singapore Airlines – obviously based in Asia, where the coronavirus has been most dangerous after originating in China – recently sent its frequent fliers an email about such changes.

Singapore advised its customers that some in-flight amenities will be discontinued, such as hot towel service, after-takeoff drink service, removal of reading materials from seat-back pockets, and suspension of in-flight sales.

Henry Harteveldt, president of Atmosphere Research, said that Chinese and Taiwanese carriers have taken similar precautionary steps based on government guidance, including removing pillows and blankets on some flights.

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“They’re changing their cabin service procedures, so the passengers will notice this,” Harteveldt told The Points Guy.

But Harteveldt also remained optimistic that passengers wouldn’t pitch a fit given the circumstances.

“Passengers will accept (the reduction in services) because they’re being done in the interest of health and wellness,” he said.

As the virus, now known as covid-19, continues to expand globally, it remains to be seen if other airlines – including those based in the U.S. who offer international travel – adopt the same practice.

The aviation industry is quite often a copycat business, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see some similar changes put into place.

“As adults, we have to be logical and rational when we experience these inconveniences,” Harteveldt told The Points Guy. “This isn’t cost-cutting, this isn’t random, this is in the best interest of public health.”

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