Tampa International Airport just announced new nonstop service to San Diego via Alaska Airlines. The anticipated new daily route will launch the first week of October 2023. The 2,087-mile flight is clocked at 4hr45min eastbound and 5hr10min westbound. Alaska Airlines will use a Boeing 737-900 for the route, according to a release. Those interested can book flights now on Alaska Air’s website.
The airline continues its commitment to expanding access to one of California’s top cities, and it will serve as a pivotal tourism route for TPA. Alaska Airlines is also going green. Last week the airline announced the completion of their transition to paper cups for inflight beverages, a move which eliminates more than 55 million plastic cups annually and replaces them with a more planet-friendly alternative. The change to paper cups makes Alaska Airlines the first U.S. airline to eliminate plastic cups. Combined with their Boxed Water™ partnership, these changes eliminate 2.2 million pounds of plastic waste from landfills every year, the equivalent weight of 24 Boeing 737s.
As part of their broader sustainability efforts, Alaska continues to pursue product innovations and supply chain advancements to achieve their 2025 goal of replacing the top five waste-producing items from onboard service and continuing to recycle. In 2021, Alaska established climate goals for its impacts in carbon, waste and water while defining a five-part pathway to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040 to keep the places we live and fly beautiful and viable for generations to come.
San Diego itself has a lot to offer to visitors. Folks flying from Tampa can experience 1,750-acre oceanfront Torrey Pines National Reserve, visit more than 12,000 rare and endangered animals at the San Diego Zoo, hit up the classic and kitschy Belmont Amusement Park, enjoy a drive on the Coronado Bridge, and pay a visit to La Jolla Cove.
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