Alaska plans further expansion in Seattle

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Alaska Airlines has announced a major growth initiative in Seattle that will see that carrier’s number of departures from the city increase 11% by next spring.

The Seattle-based carrier’s daily departures from Seattle-Tacoma International airport will increase from 253 to 280 as the carrier launches new routes and increases capacity on existing routes in the coming months, says Alaska in a media release.

Beginning 8 March 2015, the airline will add additional flights to Boise, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fairbanks, Los Angeles, Portland in Oregon, Palm Springs, Sacramento and Orange County. Two flights to Spokane that are currently operated by regional partner Horizon Air using Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprops will be upgraded to mainline Boeing 737 service.

Those new flights are in addition to previously-announced new daily service on Alaska from Seattle to New Orleans, Tampa, Baltimore, Albuquerque and Cancun.

Alaska’s expansion in Seattle comes as competitor Delta Air Lines also boosts service from the city.

In the past year, Delta has added flights from Seattle to Jackson Hole, Las Vegas, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Shanghai Pudong.

By the end of 2014, Atlanta-based Delta also plans new service from Seattle to Anchorage, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Portland in Oregon, San Diego, San Jose and Tucson.

In May 2014, Alaska will operate 7,934 departures from Seattle, compared to Delta’s 2,200 departures, according to Capstats.