Anchorage, Alaska-based New Pacific Airlines cut Las Vegas from its network on January 1, 2024.
Despite reporting robust loads on the route, the carrier has blamed its withdrawal on ongoing ground delays at Harry Reid International airport. New Pacific is now left with just two routes – Ontario, California to Nashville, Tennessee and Ontario to Reno, Nevada – both of which commenced on November 16.
It has been a turbulent start for the start-up, originally known as Northern Pacific Airlines, which had planned to launch transcontinental flights to Japan and South Korea using Anchorage as its hub. These were shelved as they awaited approval from Japanese and South Korean authorities, plus ongoing issues caused by the closure of Russian airspace. New Pacific still hopes to launch its Asian flights this year.
The airline then chose to focus on US routes. It originally planned to connect Las Vegas with Los Angeles International. However, this route was shelved in favour of Ontario International, which was inaugurated on July 4, 2023, operating twice weekly between the two cities.
Next, the carrier had to rebrand as New Pacific Airlines following a trademark litigation issue with BNSF Railway, who ordered the airline to stop using the ‘Northern Pacific’ name.
New Pacific currently fields a fleet of four Boeing 757-200s, only two of which are active. Three further examples are expected to join the fleet at a later date.