Alaska Airlines has announced that it will be adding 8 new routes to its current 27 out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Earlier this year, the airline began to fly to Spokane (Washington State), Missoula (Montana), Boise (Idaho) and Redmond (Oregon). Of course, these routes were suspended due to the coronavirus. These are Alaska Airlines’ 8 new destinations from LAX: Fresno, California (launching on the 1st of September), Eugene and Medford, Oregon (launching on the 1st of October), Bozeman, Montana (launching on the 20th of November), Fort Myers and Tampa Bay, Florida (launching on the 20th of November) and Lihue and Kona, Hawaii (launching respectively on the 17th and 18th of December). All routes apart from Lihue, Kona, Fort Myers and Tampa Bay are (and will be) operated by Embraer E175s (the other ones will be operated by Boeing 737s). It is an interesting moment to expand and hardly the best one, as air travel is sinking through the gutter, but I personally believe that these airlines aren’t worried about the effects of the crisis on their businesses. What do you think? Is it a good or a bad idea for an airline to expand its network in these difficult times? If you wish to reply, please comment below. 18th of July 2020.