Alaska Airlines will be switching some things up at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as they plan to take on Delta Air Lines who is moving in and trying to create a large hub there.
Per this Skift article, “Alaska Airlines currently has a long-term contract, including a codeshare agreement and reciprocal lounge benefits, with Delta, however lately it seems that Delta is really stepping over their boundaries.
Delta, seeking to expand its service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to destinations such as Hong Kong, Seoul, and London, increased its capacity in Seattle 17% in the first quarter.
Alaska CEO Brad Tilden said, Alaska and Delta have lots of overlapping routes, and there will be much “jostling” in the next few months. “I think there is going to be more capacity in these markets than the markets need,” during the Alaska’s first quarter earnings call.
In response to the Delta moves, Alaska has reallocated capacity from Seattle to cities such as Detroit, Tampa, Albuquerque and Cancun, and into new markets outside Seattle, including from Salt Lake City to seven cities in the Western U.S., Tilden said.”
What do you think about the Delta/Alaska relationship when it comes to Seattle?