Alaska Airlines to fly only nonstop route between Nashville and Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon, will soon get nonstop flights to and from the Music City.

That will come courtesy of Alaska Airlines, which is building out its network with flights between Portland International Airport (PDX) and Nashville International Airport (BNA). Service starts March 14, 2024, and will make Alaska the only airline to fly the route nonstop.

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“Our new flight will link a pair of exciting regions that both have wide-ranging, festive entertainment and sports scenes as well as growing business centers,” Kirsten Amrine, Alaska’s vice president of revenue management and network planning, said in a statement.

Amrine also noted that part of the reason why Alaska added a PDX-BNA route was because it noticed its customers in the region wanted an easier way to travel to Nashville. Currently, all the carriers that serve Portland, including Alaska, have layovers in their flights to Nashville.

The new route to Nashville is also Alaska’s 53rd nonstop route from Portland, where the Seattle-based carrier has maintained its status as the largest carrier in the Oregon city for 20 years. With the new route, Alaska now flies to more destinations outside the Pacific Northwest from Portland than it did before the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to Nashville, Alaska plans to start flying nonstop from Portland to Miami on Nov. 17.

Here is Alaska’s schedule for flights between Portland and Nashville:

  • PDX-BNA: departs 9 a.m. PDT; arrives 3:20 p.m. EDT
  • BNA-PDX: departs 4:25 p.m. EDT; arrives 7:35 p.m. PDT

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