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January 29, 2015 at 2:28 PM

Record passenger numbers at Sea-Tac Airport in 2014

Sea-Tac Airport had a record number of travelers in 2014, with airlines, especially Delta and Alaska, adding new service. (Ellen Banner file photo, Seattle Times.) Sea-Tac Airport handled a record number of passengers last year, nearly 37.5 million, the Port of Seattle said Thursday. That’s a 7.7 percent increase from 2013, making Sea-Tac the fastest-growing large…

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January 19, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Go south with the Hawks: Flights and lodging for Super Bowl

For Seahawks fans it’s a dream come true — the Super Bowl in balmy Phoenix. Then there’s the nightmare part: Airfares and hotels prices have soared for the Feb.  1 Super Bowl. And a game ticket cost $2,655 to $13,407 on the NFL ticket exchange on Monday. For those who want to splurge and go south…

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October 8, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Airlines return to Los Cabos after hurricane, hotels reopening but some shut until 2015

Staff at Pueblo Bonito Resorts and Spas have worked to repair and reopen its properties in tourism-dependent Los Cabos. They’re shown here in a photo from the company’s Facebook page. The Mexican resort of Los Cabos,  devastated by a hurricane in mid-September, welcomed back U.S. airlines on Wednesday, including  Alaska Airlines (a flight from Los Angeles),…

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August 6, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Airlines, hotels drop change fees as hurricane heads to Hawaii

Hurricane Iselle (center) and Julio (right) churn across the Pacific toward Hawaii in this Wednesday morning satellite image provided by NOAA. It’s unclear how damaging they will be, but residents are getting prepared and some companies are letting travelers change  Hawaii vacation plans without penalties. (AP/NOAA photo) With Hurricane Iselle bearing down on Hawaii, airlines are…

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May 9, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Alaska Airlines renews nonstops to Cancún (with cheap fares)

Alaska Airlines is renewing nonstop flights to the blue waters and warm sun of Cancún. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell/The Seattle Times) Alaska Airlines is reviving its nonstop flights from Seattle to Cancún, Mexico, with cheap deals through May 15. The nonstop flights begin Nov. 6, with daily departures from Sea-Tac at 8:30 a.m., for a flight…

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February 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Alaska Airlines joins chorus of opposition to Ariz. law

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines is urging  Arizona’s governor to veto a bill that would allow businesses to refuse to serve gay people. It joins other major airlines and businesses that have spoken out against the bill. Alaska has 20 peak-season daily flights to Phoenix and Tucson from Seattle and Anchorage, with 228 employees based in Arizona. Alaska CEO Brad…

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February 11, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Alaska adds nonstops, and sale fares, from Seattle

  Alaska Airlines planes are stacked up at Sea-Tac Airport. Alaska is adding new routes from its Seattle hub. (Mike Siegel photo / Seattle Times, 2012) Alaska Airlines is strengthening its cross-country network, adding flights from its Seattle hub to New Orleans, Tampa and Detroit. And it’s offering sale fares to kick off the new flights. Service to New…

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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 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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