Alaska Airlines jets. Courtesy of the company

Alaska Airlines Thursday launched nonstop flights between San Diego and Missoula, the first of three Montana destinations set for seasonal nonstop service from San Diego this year.

The move marks the first time San Diego International Airport has had daily, nonstop service to Missoula, according to airport officials.

They said additional nonstop service will be available May 20 through Sept. 7 to Kalispell and Bozeman, also through Alaska Airlines.

Kimberly Becker, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s president and CEO, said “this service provides options for everyone to get out and explore the great outdoors.”

She added that the service is expected to be popular, and thanked Alaska Airlines “for adding another destination to their nonstop network from SAN.”

Missoula is located in the Northern Rockies of Montana and provides easy access to seven wilderness areas and outdoor activities.

Kalispell is in northwest Montana’s Flathead Valley and is a gateway to Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain Resort and Flathead Lake. Bozeman is about 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.

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