CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - East Coast to West Coast trips are about to get much faster for Charleston travelers.
Alaska Airlines announced Tuesday it will begin offering non-stop service between Seattle-Tacoma Intentional Airport and Charleston International Airport beginning November 16. Trips will run every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Introductory one-way fares, which are now on sale, start at $139. Travelers will fly aboard a fuel-efficient Next Generation 737 aircraft.
The new service will provide a beeline between Boeing's North Charleston plant, and the company's airplane manufacturing plants in Everett and Renton, Washington.
Paul G. Campbell Jr., director of airports for the Charleston County Aviation Authority, expressed his excitement for Charleston International Airports first West Coast connection.
"This is huge news for South Carolina and Charleston International Airport," Campbell said in a statement. "With this new service to Seattle on Alaska Airlines the door is open to expand passenger service and explore other West Coast destinations."