Alaska Air Cargo

SoCal cargo capacity growing more than 20% as our cross-country network expands

Our team loads a freighter in Los Angeles. (Photo by Pavel Manchik / Alaska Air Cargo)

At LAX, the Alaska Air Cargo station never sleeps. 

Our Los Angeles team bustles day and night to move time-sensitive cargo like California produce and fresh-caught tuna through one of our network’s busiest warehouses, now open 24/7. This spring, we extended our hours around the clock to support our new twice-weekly freighter service connecting LAX with Seattle (SEA) and Anchorage (ANC), as well as the return of popular overnight cross-country flights to New York (EWR) and Boston (BOS).  

The new routes and station hours are just a few of the many investments we’re making this year in our California hubs to increase the shipping opportunities we are proud to offer as the largest belly-cargo network in the West. “We’ve opened up a whole new world to move larger items through L.A. on the freighter and offer more convenience for our customers,” said Mike Narowski, cargo sales manager for California, who added that the 24/7 service now allows customers to bypass L.A.’s infamous rush-hour traffic. “Customers are thrilled they can drop their shipments at all hours.” 

Over the next few months, watch for more frequent flights, expanded capacity and new routes at San Diego (SAN) and San Francisco (SFO), as well as L.A. 

San Diego: More cross-country destinations 

SAN station details

Our summer schedule adds 23% more departures from San Diego – and starting this fall, we’re adding our 39th nonstop destination, with new daily service to Las Vegas (LAS) starting October 1, giving us more routes from SAN than any domestic carrier. This expansion comes on top of this spring’s launch of daily year-round service to Atlanta (ATL) and summer-season weekly service to Anchorage (ANC) – as well as last fall’s addition of daily flights to Tampa (TPA). 

San Francisco: Expanded capacity to the Northeast

SFO station details

We’ve also increased our nonstops between SFO and both New York (EWR) and Boston, with overnight options that allow Bay Area products to arrive on the East Coast first thing in the morning. And daily flights to Anchorage took off this spring and will last through the summer. 

In addition, look for expanded payload on routes from SFO and other California cities as we transition more flights to our larger 737 aircraft. 

Los Angeles: The most daily flights with belly-cargo capacity

LAX station details

Starting October 1, we are adding daily flights to Pasco (PSC) and Reno (RNO) and increasing the number of flights throughout our network by 33% — giving us more belly-cargo capacity and the most daily flights to West Coast destinations from LAX. 

Routes with increased service to and from LAX
DestinationNew frequency starting October 1 
Seattle (SEA) 13x daily 
Portland (PDX) 8x daily 
Las Vegas (LAS) 6x daily
San Jose (SJC) 5x daily 
Boise (BOI) 3x daily 
Santa Rosa (STS) 3x daily 
Eugene (EUG) 2x daily 
Medford (MFR) 2x daily 
Spokane (GEG) 2x daily 

Our 24/7 station operations and expanded network create more opportunities for our next-flight-out premium GoldStreak Package Express service, which is especially vital for expediting items like lab samples and medications between hubs on the West Coast, Narowski said.

“We’re able to accept critical shipments in the middle of the night and get them on the very first flight.” 

Mike Narowski, Alaska Air Cargo sales manager for California

The new twice-weekly freighter service also creates new opportunities to ship larger parts between the aerospace hubs of SoCal and Seattle, and throughout our network serving 20 communities across the state of Alaska. “It really is a game-changer,” Narowski said.    

See our full freighter schedule

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