The back-and-forth between Seattle and Palm Springs keeps getting easier.
Delta Airlines announced a new daily flight between the Coachella Valley and Seattle during the region’s high season beginning Dec. 20, 2014.
Delta will also grow its Seattle-Phoenix service with five daily flights, Saturday seasonal flights to Tucson, Ariz. and Jackson Hole, Wyo. Delta will also add a nonstop flight to Honolulu from Seattle.
“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,” said Mike Medeiros, Delta’s vice president – Seattle, in a statement. “This service will offer one-stop access for customers to the top international destinations while providing local travelers with more options during the winter months.”
The new service to Palm Springs from Seattle will almost certainly compete with Alaska Air’s existing service, which looks like it’s still the cheaper option. I checked each airline’s booking site for a round-trip Palm Springs to Seattle flight, departing Friday, Dec. 26 and returning Monday, Dec. 29. Alaska Air has numerous options, but the cheapest available nonstop trip comes to $348. Alaska has three flights departing PSP on Dec. 26, and three arriving on Dec. 29 from Seattle.
Delta also had several flight options for these dates, but only one nonstop flight. The round-trip fare comes to $448.
Delta’s new service to Phoenix, Palm Springs and Tucson will be operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines using two-class, 76-seat aircraft, while Jackson Hole service will be operated with two-class, 65-seat aircraft. The expanded Honolulu and Anchorage service will be operated by Delta using Boeing 757 and Boeing 737 aircraft, respectively.