Alaska Airlines expanding Hawaii routes. Intro Kauai airfares at $179

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Alaska Airlines will add 14 weekly direct flights between the San Francisco Bay Area and Kauai to its schedule, beginning in March 2011. The bonus for you if you’re ready to make reservations now? Introductory fares starting at low as $179 one way.

Three-times-weekly San Jose-Lihue, Kauai service will begin on March 27, 2011. Four-times weekly service between Oakland-Lihue, Kauai will begin the next day on March 28, 2011.

The carrier’s introductory $179 one-way fare is being offered on both routes, but tickets must be purchased by July 9. Tickets must also be for travel within each route’s inaugural date and May 17, 2011.

Flight days and times for the new routes are:

• San Jose, Calif.-Lihue, Kauai

Departure: 7:20 p.m. (West coast time)
Arrival: 9:59 p.m. (Hawaii time)
Flight days: Tues., Thurs., Sun.
 

• Lihue, Kauai-San Jose, Calif.

Departure: 9:20 a.m. (Hawaii time)
Arrival: 5:40 p.m. (West coast time)

Flight days: Tues., Thurs., Sun.

• Oakland, Calif.-Lihue, Kauai

Departure: 7:20 p.m. (West coast time)
Arrival: 9:59 p.m. (Hawaii time)
Flight days: Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat.

• Lihue, Kauai-Oakland, Calif.

Departure: 9:20 a.m. (Hawaii time)
Arrival: 5:40 p.m. (West coast time)
Flight days: Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat.

Tickets may be purchased at alaskaair.com, or by calling (800) 252-7522.

The new routes between the Bay Area and Kauai are the latest additions to Alaska Airlines’ expanding flight schedule between the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii. In April, the Seattle-based carrier announced it would begin daily nonstop flights between Portland, Ore. and Oahu in September, and San Diego, Calif., and Maui in October.

Thrice-weekly San Jose-Maui routes, four-times-weekly San Jose-Kailua Kona, Big Island routes and daily Sacramento, Calif.-Maui routes began flying in March.

With the addition of the new Bay Area-Kauai flights, Alaska Airlines says it will have more than 100 flights per week between the U.S. West Coast and Oahu, Kauai, Lanai and the Big Island.

Photo: David Croxford/HAWAII Magazine

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