Alaska begins nonstop flights from PDX to D.C.

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PORTLAND — Alaska Airlines and the Port of Portland today inaugurated a new nonstop service between Portland International Airport and the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C.

Adding the flight was a priority for Alaska Airlines, said Joe Sprague, the company’s president of marketing.

Elected officials from Washington and Oregon staged a patriotic send-off for passengers onboard the inaugural flight, which included six Oregon World War II veterans, many of whom were traveling to the nation’s capital for the first time. The veterans are traveling as guests of Alaska Airlines and will spend three days in Washington, D.C. , on a trip organized by a nonprofit group that helps veterans visit the nation’s capital to see the memorials built in their honor.