Additional Spokane-Seattle flights could save travelers money

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Updated Friday, May 23 at 7:01 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—A change at the Spokane International Airport could save travelers money next time they fly to Seattle.

Delta Airlines officials announced on Thursday that they would add the new flights.

Alaska Airlines had been the only option for a direct flight to Seattle from Spokane for more than two years. Tickets for them would run almost $200 for a one-way flight during a holiday weekend or on short notice. Booked more than one month in advance, the price would still cost almost $90 one-way.

"Hopefully there will be some competition fare wise, typically supply and demand are in play,” said Flip Himmelreich with Travel Leaders Spokane.

READ: Delta offers Spokane travelers more Seattle flight options

Himmelreich said the new Delta flights were part of a new strategy. He said the airline wanted a bigger piece of the Northwest travel market.

"Delta is growing their Seattle presence,” said Himmelreich.

Southwest Airlines stopped offering flights to Seattle in 2011. When both Southwest and Alaska were offering service to the west side, roundtrip tickets cost around $100.

"I don't think you'll see them back low again, I think the price of fuel and doing business has changed that some,” said Himmelreich.

With Delta flying to Seattle, Spokane travelers would have more options to catch connecting flights that could take you outside of the U.S.

"We're going to have access to a lot more international destinations both east into Europe and west into Asia,” said Himmelreich.
 

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