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May 27, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Alaska boosts Seattle flights, still the big player

Alaska Airlines 737s are lined up at Sea-Tac Airport, where the hometown carrier faces increasing competition from Delta. (Mike Siegel, Seattle Times file photo).

Alaska Airlines planes are lined up at Sea-Tac Airport, where the hometown carrier faces increasing competition from Delta. (Mike Siegel, Seattle Times file photo).

As Delta Air Lines keeps adding flights from Seattle, including some new routes announced Tuesday, Alaska Airlines points out that it’s still the dominant, hometown carrier. And that it’s expanding service substantially, too, from Sea-Tac Airport.

“Alaska Airlines has been flying out of Seattle for more than half a century and we’re proud to offer our customers nearly four times the departures to more destinations than any other airline,” said a statement from Joe Sprague, senior vice president of communications and external relations.

Alaska’s daily departures from Sea-Tac Airport will grow by 11 percent by next spring, said the airline, thanks to new destinations and increased service.

New destinations coming up,  with daily roundtrips,  are :

Seattle-New Orleans: starting June 12

Seattle–Tampa: starting June 20

Seattle–Baltimore: starting Sept. 2

Seattle–Detroit: starting Sept. 4

Seattle–Albuquerque: starting Sept. 18

Seattle–Cancún: starting Nov. 6 (awaiting government approval)

Alaska also will boost service with new roundtrips, including one daily between Seattle and Boise; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Fairbanks; and Palm Springs and Sacramento, Calif.

The carrier also will  add two more daily roundtrips between Seattle and Los Angeles, and three more roundtrip shuttle flights between Seattle and Portland.  For Seattle-Spokane service, a Boeing 737 will replace a smaller plane on two of Alaska’s 16 daily roundtrip flights, boosting capacity from 3,200 to 3,350 seats  a day.

Altogether, Alaska’s daily departures from Sea-Tac will increase from 253 to 280 by next spring. Now, wouldn’t it be nice to see an old-fashioned fare war (not just extra frequent-flier miles) on some of the routes where Alaska and Delta directly compete?

 

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