EUGENE, Ore. - Alaska Airlines will discontinue daily air service between Eugene and San Jose, California, this August, the Eugene Airport said Thursday.
The news comes the same day Allegiant started twice weekly service to San Diego.
“We are of course disappointed with this news,” said Tim Doll, Eugene Airport Director. “Alaska Airlines has been a great partner in bringing quality air service to our community for many, many years and we know every effort was made to make this route successful.”
Service will end August 25, 2018, some 2 years and 9 months after the route started.
"The Eugene to San Jose route has not performed well for the last 12 months," said Ann Johnson with Alaska Airline. "We’ve tried for three years to make this route work, but unfortunately with increased costs and low demand, we made the difficult decision to end this route. We’ll continue to serve Eugene with five daily departures to Seattle and three daily flights from Portland. From San Jose, we have 41 daily departures to 19 destinations. The Eugene-San Jose route will be discontinued after Aug. 25."
San Jose had been identified as the 12th top destination for Eugene travelers in 2010. The route was established with the help of a $781,100 federal Small Community Air Service Development grant.
"The grant funds were used to provide a minimum revenue guarantee during the start-up period and to create and execute a targeted marketing and advertising campaign to support the service," the Eugene Airport said in a statement. "Alaska officials also cited the ongoing pilot shortage as playing a role in this canceling this route."
The Eugene Airport overall continues to see an increase in passengers. Travel numbers for the first 4 months of 2018 is up 17 percent over the record high set in 2017.