Delta Air Lines is adding a seasonal, weekly nonstop flight from Seattle to Tucson International Airport in December as part of a major expansion of service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the airline said Monday.
Delta’s new Seattle service, beginning Dec. 20, includes a weekly Saturday flight to and from Tucson, leaving Seattle at 8:15 a.m. and departing from the Old Pueblo at 12:40 p.m., according to the Tucson Airport Authority.
Alaska Airlines currently operates a daily nonstop to Seattle.
Other added Seattle nonstops starting in December include five daily flights to Phoenix; a daily seasonal flight to Palm Springs, Calif.; Saturday seasonal service to Jackson Hole, Wyo.; and a second nonstop flight to Honolulu. In September, Delta will add a second daily flight to Anchorage, Alaska.
Delta’s new service to Tucson, Phoenix and Palm Springs will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines using 76-seat regional jets.
Delta has been beefing up service from Seattle-Tacoma to compete with Alaska Airlines, including the addition of international flights to London and Asia.
“As Seattle’s fastest-growing airline, we’ve doubled the number of flights we offer from a year ago to provide our customers more choice and flexibility when traveling from these key markets to the Pacific Northwest,” Mike Medeiros, Delta’s vice president in Seattle, said in a news release.
Delta did not say how long the seasonal flights would last. The airline did not take advantage of the Tucson Airport Authority’s air-service incentive program, which helped TIA land a new nonstop to Portland, Ore., in November.