Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Southwest plans nonstop to Portland.(Business)

Byline: Journal Staff Reports

Beginning April 1, Southwest Airlines will begin direct flights from Albuquerque to Portland, Ore.

The airline already has several connecting flights to Portland, but this will be its first direct route, said Terry Eisenbart, area marketing manager for Southwest in Albuquerque.

"Many factors went into this decision economic factors, corporate and leisure travel. There's something at both ends people want to go see," Eisenbart said. Both cities are large enough to support a direct flight, she said. Albuquerque has about 500,000 people, and Portland has about 1 million.

This will be the only nonstop flight to Portland from the Albuquerque International Sunport. …

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