May 28--Alaska Airlines will once again face competition for flights between Spokane and Seattle.
Delta Air Lines announced Tuesday that it will add four departure and four return flights between the two cities starting Nov. 3.
Since Southwest Airlines stopped providing service between the two cities in January 2012, Alaska has been the only airline operating between Spokane and Seattle.
Delta's daily flights from Spokane are scheduled to leave at 8:25 a.m., 10 a.m., 3:35 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. Flights leave Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for Spokane at 6:50 a.m., 10 a.m., 1:35 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
The flights between Seattle and Spokane will use Bombardier's 65-seat CRJ-700 aircraft.
The added flights are part of Delta's push to reach more leisure travelers in the Northwest, a company news release noted. Delta also is adding flights from Seattle to Maui and Mexican resort cities Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.
On Tuesday, Alaska Airlines also announced it will add flights and passenger capacity for its daily flights between Spokane and Seattle, starting in spring 2015.
Alaska said it will change aircraft for two of its 16 round trips between Seattle and Spokane -- using a Boeing 737 instead of a Bombardier Q400. That will take available seats between Seattle and Spokane to 3,350 from 3,200 per day.
Seattle has remained the most frequent destination for Spokane passengers in recent years, according to federal transportation numbers. The next four most frequent connections are Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland and Denver, based on 2013 data.
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