SeaTac’s Alaska Airlines, whose financial results are among the best in the airline industry, is seeing new competition on some of it popular routes including Seattle-Anchorage, Seattle-San Francisco, Seattle-Las Vegas and Seattle-Los Angeles.
The airline behind much of that new competition is one of Alaska’s biggest airline partners, Delta Airlines.
Delta is inaugurating new twice-daily service April 8 between Sea-Tac and Los Angeles and increasing that service to three times daily during the peak summer season. Delta, which initially is flying the Sea-Tac route with a smaller regional jet, will fly two of its three Los Angeles schedules with larger planes during the summer.
Delta is also planning to compete with Alaska on its Sea-Tac-Anchorage route beginning June 10. Delta joins JetBlue Airways as a new competitor on that route. Both Delta and JetBlue will fly to and from Anchorage late at night.
The Atlanta-based Delta is also inaugurating once-daily Las Vegas-Seattle flights beginning June 10. Alaska is the dominant carrier on that route.
On the San Francisco-Seattle route, Burlingame, Calif.-based Virgin America Airlines has announced it will increase the frequency of flights on that route from five daily to six daily between July 19 and August 19.
Delta, which merged with Northwest Airlines five years ago, has become a major player at Sea-Tac. The mega-carrier has established a handful of overseas routes from Sea-Tac. Delta connects or will soon connect the Puget Sound area non-stop with both Tokyo airports, Narita and Haneda, with Beijing and Shanghai in China and Osaka in Japan. From Sea-Tac, Delta flies non-stop to Paris and Amsterdam and may soon fly to London in Europe.