PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved Alaska Airlines' request to provide nonstop service from Portland to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Airline spokeswoman Bobbie Egan says no date has been set for the first flight to the airport located three miles south of downtown Washington D.C.
United is the only airline currently providing a direct flight to the D.C. area. It flies into Dulles International Airport -- about 25 miles from downtown.
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state says the new flight will support business growth in Oregon and southwest Washington while making the Pacific Northwest more convenient for tourists from the East Coast.
The Ronald Reagan airport is one of the few commercial airports in the nation that requires airlines to receive DOT approval to add flights.