Alaska Airlines is adding three more cities — all in the South — to its repertoire of non-stop destinations from Sea-Tac Airport.
The SeaTac-based carrier announced Tuesday it will begin non-stop service to Raleigh, Nashville and Charleston, South Carolina, beginning in fall.
When those three cities are added to Alaska’s route map, the airline will serve 83 cities from Sea-Tac with 299 total daily flights.
Alaska in recent years has aggressively been adding new cities to its list of non-stop destination from Sea-Tac. The airline once confined its operations to Alaska and the West Coast but it has spread its flights to Mexico, Hawaii and multiple transcontinental destinations.
The airline said Nashville, the nation’s country music capital, is the most popular destination from Sea-Tac not served by non-stop service. Charleston has become a Boeing Co. production center where 787 airliners and fuselages are built. Raleigh is a center for the bio-tech industry just as is Seattle.
Alaska is in a battle with Delta Air Lines for market share in the Puget Sound area with the Atlanta-based airline adding multiple flights from Sea-Tac to both domestic and overseas destinations.
Alaska remains the airport’s most-used carrier with more than two and a half times the number of daily flights as Delta. Delta is the airport’s second most popular carrier based on passengers transported.
Alaska’s Nashville flights will begin Sept. 23. Its service to Raleigh starts Oct. 1, and its non-stops to Charleston debut on Nov. 16. An introductory one-way fare to Charleston and Nashville will be $139. The initial fare to Raleigh will be $159. Those tickets must be purchased by May 4 to get the introductory price. Travel to Nashville and Raleigh must be completed by Nov. 18. Travel on tickets to Charleston at the introductory price must be completed by Dec. 19.