Alaska Airlines is using new 76-seat regional jets to compete on monopoly routes at Portland International Airport (PDX) and provide an unchallenged nonstop link to Omaha, a popular market for connecting traffic. Alaska already offers more flights from Portland than any other airline, but it will use SkyWest Airlines’ Embraer E-175s to introduce new competition on flights to Kansas City and Minneapolis-St. Paul from Feb. 18. Those flights are operated by a single airline today, ...

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