Delta Air Lines is planning more destinations and more growth from Seattle in 2017 with the addition of seven new domestic routes to continue to grow their Seattle hub. The new routes will include more West Coast flights along with mid continental and transcontinental flights. Alaska Airlines serves each of these new Delta destinations, but that’s not stopping Delta. Delta and Alaska Airlines are terminating their relationship as of May 1, 2017 and Delta is moving full force ahead with growth in Seattle.
The new year-round destinations include service by aircraft which all feature first and economy class:
- One daily flight to General Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee beginning March 9, 2017 On an E-175
- Three daily flights to Eugene Airport beginning April 1, 2017 on a Crj-700
- One daily flight to Nashville International Airport beginning May 26, 2017 on an A319.
- One daily flight to Raleigh-Durham International Airport beginning June 8, 2017 on a B737.
- One daily flight to Austin Bergstrom International Airport beginning June 12, 2017 on an A319.
- Two daily flights to Redmond Municipal Airport beginning June 12, 2017 on a Crj-700.
- One daily flight to Lihue Airport beginning Dec. 21, 2017 on a B757.
The new flights will grow upon Delta’s 42 nonstop destination from Seattle and marks the fifth year of growth in Seattle. Seattle is easily Delta’s fastest growing hub and the battle for Seattle is hotter than ever as Delta and Alaska go from frenemies to full on competitors. Delta said in May, 2016 that they would not add additional international service in Seattle, but it’s clear domestic expansion will continue.
Additional Expansion of Current Routes
Delta is not stopping their expansion in Seattle and will grow in 2017. In addition to adding new routes, Delta plans to expand current route offerings from Seattle and up-gauge some aircraft.
“Delta will also expand service to existing destinations from Seattle. The airline will operate a second daily flight to Boston and Orlando, an eighth daily flight to Portland as well as a fifth daily flight to San Diego. Additionally, several flights to San Francisco and Denver will be upgraded to larger mainline aircraft.”
Delta will stop flying nonstop to London in 2017, but this is not the end of London service. British Airways still flies 1-2x daily and Virgin Atlantic will launch service.
“Delta’s joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic will begin Boeing 787 service from Seattle to London-Heathrow, replacing the flight currently operated by Delta and adding 50 seats as well as Premium Economy service. “
Seatac Airport Restraints
Seatac is busy and is among the fastest growing airports in the country. Seattle Tacoma International airport is the 13th busiest airport in the United States, yet the “small” three runway airport is likely to crack the top 10 list this year. Delta’s growth is going to help Seatac grow, but is putting pressure on airport operations.
Currently, gates at Seattle are operating at near full capacity, and this is not likely to change any time soon. To help this issue, Delta is redesigning the gate area in Concourse B. The redesign will add an additional gate. In addition, the airport has added remote gates with buses to accommodate the unforeseen growth in Seattle. The airport master plan has grown substantially, and new terminal planning is in the works to accommodate growth. Yet the airport expansion is years away, and far behind the substantial growth Seatac is seeing. Expect ground delays to only worsen as airlines continue to expand service in Seattle.
Good luck Delta in Seattle, Alaska Airline is a tough competitor who will not be outdone!