Delta to add Seattle-Vancouver flights

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Delta Air Lines will continue its expansion at Seattle Tacoma International airport with new flights to Vancouver International from 5 June 2014.

The Atlanta-based SkyTeam alliance carrier will offer five daily flights on 76-seat Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft operated by one of its regional affiliates, it says.

The new service complements previously announced new domestic flights to San Francisco from March 2014, San Diego from 2 June 2014 and Portland, Oregon, from 2 September 2014.

Delta has beefed up its North American network from Seattle to feed its expanded menu of international flights from the airport, despite having a close codeshare partnership with hometown carrier Alaska Airlines.

Glen Hauenstein, chief revenue officer of Delta, told Airline Business in November that the carrier sees a 50% jump in connecting traffic over Seattle when a flight is operated by Delta metal as opposed to that of a codeshare partner.

The same month, Alaska chairman and chief executive Brad Tilden said that the airline would defend its core markets “vigorously” against Delta’s expansion but added that the two would continue to codeshare on flights elsewhere.

Delta will compete with Alaska subsidiary Horizon Air and Air Canada affiliate Jazz Aviation on the Seattle-Vancouver route, Innovata schedules show.