Midwest Joining Southwest on KC to Seattle Route

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will gain another airline beginning April 1 when Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines begins nonstop service to its hub in Kansas City from Sea-Tac.

Midwest will provide competition for Southwest Airlines, the only other carrier providing nonstop service on the route. The announcement was made Tuesday.

Midwest, the target of an acquisition effort by Orlando's Air Tran Airlines, has consistently won airline travel awards. The airline's fleet is comprised of Boeing 717 aircraft with two seats on either side of the aisle instead of the three-and-two arrangements other airlines use with the 717.

The airline's two hubs are in Kansas City and Milwaukee.

Midwest's introductory fare of $314 roundtrip will undercut Southwest's lowest fare of $392 roundtrip nonstop on the route.

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