Delta to add Portland and San Diego to Seattle roster

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Delta Air Lines will begin nonstop flights to Portland, Oregon, and San Diego from Seattle Tacoma International airport in 2014.

The Atlanta-based SkyTeam alliance carrier will begin four-daily flights between Seattle and San Diego on 2 June 2014 and four-daily flights between Seattle and Portland on 2 September 2014, it confirms today. All of the flights will be flown on 76-seat Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft.

The new routes follow the announcement of San Francisco flights from March 2014, and the addition of new domestic service to Anchorage, Las Vegas and Los Angeles earlier this year.

Delta has said that the new routes are to “provide sufficient feed” for its international services from Seattle. It flies to Amsterdam, Beijing, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Shanghai Pudong, Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita from the city, and will add nonstops to London Heathrow in March 2014, and Hong Kong and Seoul Incheon in June 2014.

The new domestic routes compete directly with Delta’s codeshare partner Alaska Airlines. Despite this, the airline maintains that it has a “great partnership” with the Seattle-based carrier.

“There will be markets where it’s in our interest to work together with Delta and there will be markets where we will compete because it’s in the best interest of Alaska Air Group to do so,” said Brad Tilden, president and chief executive of Seattle-based Alaska, in October. “Many of their recent domestic additions are in core air group markets and we intend to compete aggressively and defend them vigorously.”

Alaska is the dominant carrier between Seattle and both Portland and San Diego, as well as to Anchorage, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines also flies Seattle-Portland, Innovata schedules show.