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San Diego International, Alaska Airlines adds JFK nonstop routes

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Posted at 3:40 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 18:40:05-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Alaska Airlines announced Wednesday it will add daily nonstop service to New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport from San Diego International Airport beginning April 4.

Alaska Airlines joins three other airlines providing nonstop service to JFK from SAN.

"This service will complement Alaska Airlines' daily nonstop service to Newark Liberty International Airport, providing passengers with additional options to get to the New York metropolitan area," said Kimberly Becker, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority's president and CEO. ". We appreciate Alaska Airlines' investment in San Diego as a West Coast hub."

In December 2020, Alaska Airlines became the first major U.S. airline to ban emotional support animals. Beginning Jan. 11, will only allow service dogs, which it defined on the airline's website as dogs that are "specially trained to perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability."

Passengers with emotional support animals with reservations booked prior to Jan. 11 will still be allowed to fly, but no exceptions will be made after Feb. 28. After that Alaska, says it will now accept a maximum of two service dogs per guest in the cabin. Passengers will be required to submit a Department of Transportation form, which will be available on

The airline says the rule changes came about after “feedback from the airline industry and disability community regarding numerous instances of emotional support animal misbehavior which caused injuries, health hazards and damage to aircraft cabins.”