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February 10, 2014 at 3:53 PM

New flights to Hawaii’s little islands

Fo some flights to Molokai, be ready for little planes like this one of Mokulele Airlines. Hawaiian Airlines now is offering service from Honolulu to Molokai and Lanai on 48-passenger planes.  (Kristin Jackson / The Seattle Times, 2013 A new Hawaii  inter-island service, from Honolulu to the small islands of Molokai and Lanai, is being started by More

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February 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Record passenger numbers at Sea-Tac Airport

An Alaska Airlines plane takes off from Sea-Tac Airport where passenger numbers have soared. (Alan Berner photo / Seattle Times, 2011) If you thought Sea-Tac Airport seemed crowded lately, you were right. It had a record number of passengers in 2013 — more than 34.7 million, the Port of Seattle said Thursday. ” This was the third straight record-setting…

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January 30, 2014 at 2:23 PM

A break on duty-free carry-on, thanks to new TSA rule

The TSA is loosening the rules on bringing back some liquids (in excess of 100 mL or about three ounces) in carry-on bags on international flights to the U.S. Passengers had been stymied, if they bought bigger bottles of duty-free liquor at an airport duty-free shop, as they were  unable to take them aboard connecting flights in the U.S.. …

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January 29, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Thousands of U.S. flights snarled by latest big storm

Atlanta’s roads, like its airport, are snarled. Traffic was at a standstill on one side of a freeway Wednesday morning while the other side was a sheet of ice. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray) Atlanta’s airport – one of the busiest in the world – has extensive flight delays Wednesday after the winter storm that hammered…

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January 23, 2014 at 2:12 PM

An airlift for some lucky Seahawks fans

Alaska Airlines’ rendition of its “airlift” plane for Seahawks fans with “Go Russell” painted on the side. Want to go to New York/New Jersey  for the Super Bowl weekend but can’t swing the high prices for flights and hotels? Then try your luck in an Alaska Airlines sweepstakes that will take a plane full of lucky…

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January 9, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Take a bet and grab Super Bowl flights

Want to get to New York/New Jersey where the Super Bowl will be played in this MetLife Stadium? Consider betting on the Seahawks and buying airline tickets now. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Want to get to New York/New Jersey where the Super Bowl will be played in this MetLife Stadium? Consider betting on the Seahawks and buying airline tickets now. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Are you ready to take a bet on the Seahawks going all the way and buy a flight to the Super Bowl?

If so, you could save money by quickly buying airline tickets now ­­­— before Saturday’s Seahawks playoff game — for the Super Bowl in New Jersey. If the Hawks win Saturday, many more hopeful Seattle fans could get serious about heading to the Super Bowl and it could be tougher to nab good airfares and itineraries.

Some strategies for winning airfares

Southwest Airlines could be your friend. Southwest doesn’t charge for changing or canceling flights. So if the Hawks don’t make it to the Super Bowl and you want to cancel your trip, you won’t be a financial loser.

The Southwest drawback: There are no nonstop flights from Seattle on Southwest to New York airports or Newark, N.J. (the closest airport to the MetLife  stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., where the game will be played) so you’ll have to change planes somewhere and could have long stopovers.

— Alaska Airlines has nonstop flights between Seattle and Newark. But nonstops to Newark already are sold out on a few days just before the Super Bowl, with just a scattering of cheap

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January 7, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Few flights canceled at Sea-Tac Tuesday, but don’t forget to check

A JetBlue plane taxis to a gate at Boston's Logan International Airport Monday. JetBlue canceled its flight from Boston to Seattle Tuesday, along with suspending operations overnight at some airports because of bad weather. (Associated Press photo by Charles Krupa)

A JetBlue plane taxis to a gate at Boston’s Logan International Airport Monday. JetBlue canceled its flight from Boston to Seattle Tuesday, along with suspending operations overnight at some airports because of bad weather. (Associated Press photo by Charles Krupa)

While cold weather continues to grip much of the nation, flight cancellations were few for travelers in and out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Tuesday.

A check of the airport’s website showed a half-dozen cancellations to or from Midwest and East Coast airports Tuesday. Southwest Airlines cancelled three flights, to and from Chicago. Jet Blue canceled a flight from Boston to Seattle, American canceled a flight from Chicago, and a United/Air Canada codeshare flight to Toronto was also grounded.

Monday, perhaps the worst recent day for travel, the airport had only 15 cancellations out of 850 scheduled flights, said Perry Cooper, airport spokesman. Sea-Tac has far more flights to and from West Coast destinations than to and from

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January 6, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Brrrr! Share your stopped-by-the-deep-freeze travel tale

A traveler takes a nap in Boston's Logan International Airport after his flight to Puerto Rico was canceled Monday. (Associated Press photo by Charles Krupa)

A traveler naps in Boston’s airport after his flight to Puerto Rico was canceled Monday. (Associated Press photo by Charles Krupa)

The good news for Seattle travelers: So far, local carrier Alaska Airlines has no flight cancellations Monday or Tuesday because of the deep freeze in other parts of the nation. Alaska even expects to make it in and out of Minneapolis, despite a forecast Monday high of 14 below, with a wind chill of -50 degrees F.

But just as college students have been trying to get back to school from winter break, harsh winter weather in the Midwest — on the heels of last week’s East Coast snowstorm — has crippled air travel across the country. More than 9,000 flights have been canceled over the last four days

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December 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Delta expands Seattle base with Fairbanks, Vancouver flights

Delta keeps expanding its service from Sea-Tac Airport. (Paul Morris /Bloomberg News photo)

Delta keeps expanding its service from Sea-Tac Airport. (Paul Morris /Bloomberg News photo)

Delta Air Lines is going after more of Seattle-based Alaska Airlines’ turf, adding  flights from Sea-Tac Airport to  Vancouver, B.C., and Fairbanks.

Delta’s daily non-stop service between Seattle and  Fairbanks begins May 29 next year;  five daily flights to Vancouver, B.C.,  begin June 5 (on Delta’s affiliate SkyWest Airlines).

In recent months, Delta has been aggressively increasing flights from Seattle to Europe and Asia, as well as in North America.

Delta recently announced expanded  service from Sea-Tac Airport to Anchorage, Las Vegas, Los Angeles,

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