Alaska Airlines Boeing 737
An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 jetliner. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Big Sky Country is closer than ever for San Diegans, as Alaska Airlines announced Thursday two new routes from San Diego International Airport to Kalispell and Bozeman, Montana.

The “Sun and Fun” flights to Montana will start June 17 and run through Sept. 7. Flights between Los Angeles, San Francisco and Montana will also begin this summer.

“For those ready to makes moves this summer, we’re excited to better connect California with Montana,” said Brett Catlin, Alaska’s vice president of network and alliances. “We’ve long offered access to some of the best vacation destinations from Southern California and continue to see opportunities to grow our footprint in the region.”

The added summer flights build on year-round service on a nonstop route connecting San Diego with Missoula.

Tickets are available at, with one-way fares starting as low as $69 to and from Bozeman and as low as $89 to and from Kalispell.

The new routes will be served by the Embraer 175 jet, a jet aircraft with only window and aisle seating — no middle seats.

Kalispell’s Glacier Park International Airport is in northwest Montana’s Flathead Valley, which encompasses the gateway to Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain Resort and Flathead Lake — the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River.

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is about 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.

–City News Servoce