Alaska Airlines will begin its first daily, nonstop flights to Seattle from the Colorado Springs Airport on Saturday. City and Airport officials have planned a series of commemorative events, including welcoming and thanking the first passengers on Alaska’s arriving and departing flights.

Airport officials said the new service is a direct result of continued efforts by City and Airport leaders to explore opportunities for increased air service in the region, adding that both entities will continue working toward creating a lower-cost, more business-friendly environment to attract additional air service to Colorado Springs.

“Thank you, Alaska Airlines, for this commitment to our region. We wish you tremendous success here,” said Mayor Steve Bach in a news release. Mayor Bach and his wife, Suzi, will be passengers on Alaska Airlines’ first flight to Seattle.

“I am pleased to officially welcome Alaska Airlines to the Colorado Spring Airport,” said Dan Gallagher, Director of Aviation. “We’re excited to be working with our newest airline business partner on this new service. The airport is committed to making this flight, along with all flights serving COS, as successful as possible.”

Details of Alaska Airlines’ daily non-stop service to Seattle:

· Morning flight departs Colorado Springs at 8 a.m., arriving in Seattle at 9:55 a.m.

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· Return flight departs Seattle at 6:20 p.m., arriving in Colorado Springs at 9:55 pm.

· Aircraft: 70-seat CRJ-700 aircraft.

The Colorado Springs Airport is served by 5 airlines that fly to 11 major hubs and non-stop destinations: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. About 30 flights depart from COS each day.

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