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Cigar City meets the Rose City: TPA lands first-ever nonstop flights to Portland via Alaska Airlines

One of Tampa Bay's most hotly demanded routes is now coming to Tampa International Airport.

On Thursday, Alaska Airlines announced it will begin offering nonstop service between Tampa and Portland beginning Dec. 16.

This service connects Tampa Bay with one of its largest unserved destinations in the United States, providing a strong nonstop connection to two markets with deep business and leisure ties.

“This huge win for Tampa International Airport now gives us an important connection to the West Coast and one that we’ve been pursuing for years," said Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano. "Tampa Bay residents have been clamoring for this service, and we're beyond thrilled Alaska Airlines is growing its presence here with this exciting new route.”

The seasonal service is expected to operate four days a week between Dec. 16 and April 18 aboard a Boeing 737. Flights will leave Portland at 12:10 p.m., arriving in Tampa at 8:29 p.m. Departing flights will leave TPA the following day at 8 a.m., arriving in Portland at 11 a.m.

“Since March, our bookings for leisure travel have exceeded what they were before the pandemic. For many of our guests, there’s an increased confidence that comes after being vaccinated. They were cooped up for well over a year – now they’re ready to relax, enjoy and explore,” said Brett Catlin, Vice President of Network and Alliances at Alaska Airlines. “With these new routes, we can whisk them away to destinations that have a warm sparkle in the wintertime.”

Alaska Airlines currently serves Seattle out of Tampa International Airport, and has seen strong interest in Portland since that route began.

“We’ve been building the case for Alaska to add Portland service since the airline arrived at Tampa International Airport in 2014,” said Chris Minner, TPA’s Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “We strongly believe this will be a great route for both Alaska Airlines and Tampa Bay residents, and we’re going to do everything in our power to make it successful.”