Alaska Airlines adds San Diego, drops Las Vegas flights from Sonoma County airport

  • A Horizon Air flight is guided in to the gate area at the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport, Wednesday Jan. 18, 2012. Horizon is dropping their Las Vegas destination and adding San Diego. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

Goodbye, Vegas. Hello, San Diego.

That's the word from Alaska Airlines, which will end its Santa Rosa-to-Las Vegas service in June and start daily flights to San Diego.

The Seattle-based carrier also is adding a third flight from Santa Rosa to Los Angeles for the summer, it said Wednesday.

Travelers at Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport said they're excited about the new San Diego service.

"That'll be nice," said Chris Weer of Ukiah, who was boarding an Alaska flight to Portland on Wednesday.

"It's more convenient than going from the city," said Weer, who would like to fly from Santa Rosa to San Diego for pleasure.

"It sounds great to me," said Karen Kendall of Sebastopol, also headed to Portland. "I have relatives there."

But Sonoma County will miss the Las Vegas connection, said Alaska passenger Maria Lopez of Healdsburg. "A lot of people like to go there," she said.

Alaska currently has five flights a day from Santa Rosa to Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland and Las Vegas.

Of those destinations, Las Vegas had the lowest ridership during the first six months of 2011, according to airport officials. Route breakdowns aren't available yet for the second half of the year.

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