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Early next year, Alaska Airlines will make two key changes to its service from the Boise Airport. While the company trumpeted the addition of service in a news release – it will also cut a route at the same time (which the news release didn’t mention).

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Starting January 7th, the airline will no longer fly direct from Boise to Reno. Currently, Alaska is the only airline to serve the northern Nevada city on a direct basis from Boise. The change was first reported by industry tracker RoutesOnline and confirmed with Alaska’s online flight search.

The price to fly to Reno on Alaska, now with the addition of a stopover in California first will also increase. The average daily cost of a flight in the 14 days before the switch is $83 while the average cost after is $142, according to Alaska’s online fare calendar.

Alaska trumpeted the addition of flights from Boise to Los Angeles, CA with two departures each day. You can already fly to LA on Delta, United, and Allegiant. The airline also said it would add an additional flight between Boise and San Diego in March of 2020.

The change will reduce the number of cities served nonstop from Boise to 19.

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Airport and city officials in recent years stated they hope to add destinations from BOI – particular along the east coast. Those efforts, to date, have not added any eastern seaboard destinations, but flights to Dallas and Houston, TX began earlier this decade. As recently as last year, officials continued to work on adding destinations.

(Thanks, Carson, for the tip!)

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Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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