As vacation travel continues to grow in importance, airlines are introducing new routes and services for passengers who want to relive the world.
This week’s airline news includes new Seattle routes to Calgary and Miami, with a renewed connection to Sydney thanks to Hawaiian Airlines.
Read on to find the latest airline news for the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Sea-Tac Airport welcomes WestJet service
Canadian airline WestJet is the newest airline to join the service at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). This is WestJet’s first service in Seattle to offer non-stop service to and from Calgary (YYC), Alberta’s largest city and base for visiting the Canadian Rockies.
“With travel resumed since last year, we are delighted that an airline like WestJet has shown its confidence in the Puget Sound region as a positive choice for visitors, businesspeople and residents of both regions,” said Lance Lyttle, Managing Director at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Initial service in Seattle will include four weekly flights on WestJet Encore’s Q400 aircraft, with service increasing to two daily flights through May 19, 2022. As a Delta Air Lines partner, WestJet passengers can earn miles and enjoy mutual elite loyalty benefits with both airlines.
Alaska Airlines adds Miami non-stop
Alaska Airlines has announced a new nonstop service to Miami for travelers at Sea-Tac Airport, marking the airline’s 100th nonstop destination from its home airport.
The new route between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) will begin daily non-stop on June 16, 2022.
“We landed in a perfect location for our 100th non-stop from our home airport in Seattle,” said Brett Catlin, vice president of Network and Alliances, Alaska Airlines. “Miami is a cultural hub for travelers all over the world with its incredible nightlife, art, music, architecture and food. With our new daily non-stop start in June, we will be connecting two cruise capitals in time for summer and at the same time simply tipping off autumn trips to South Florida, to the Caribbean and beyond. “
American publishes new flyer resources
With the reopening of the borders, American Airlines aims to take the guesswork out of international travel by offering two new travel resources.
American’s Prepared for the Air resource is an interactive travel planning tool that details travel guidelines for travel destinations around the world. Guests can use the tool to find their desired destination and to see what restrictions or guidelines apply before booking a ticket.
The Ready to Fly checklist helps guests after booking and provides an overview of everything travelers need to know and have prepared for their specific itinerary, including tests and vaccination requirements.
The portal also enables the digital transmission of vaccination cards and test results. The “Ready to Fly” checklist becomes available after booking by logging into the website or viewing the American Airlines mobile app.
Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft early in the morning fly on final approach for landing at Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport AMS EHAM. (Photo by Nicolas Economou / NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Emirates promotion includes tourism benefit
Until November 12, Seattle travelers booking flights to Dubai will find special rates and an exciting benefit as part of the United Arab Emirates 50th Anniversary Celebration.
During the promotion period, passengers will have access to Ain Dubai, the tallest Ferris wheel in the world and a popular attraction for tourists. The Ain Dubai benefit is available now through February 28, 2022. Guests should use promotional code USAIN21.
Hawaiian Airlines resumes non-stop service between Sydney and Honolulu
From December 13th, travelers can again reach Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) in Australia with Hawaiian Airlines via Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) in Honolulus.
The five times a week service was discontinued in March 2020 due to travel restrictions. As a shared link for travelers at Sea-Tac Airport, the return of the route is welcome news.
Hawaiian will operate the SYD-HNL route with its 278-seat, spacious Airbus A330, which has 18 Premium Cabin Lie-Flat leather seats, 68 of its popular Extra Comfort seats and 192 Main Cabin seats.
Hawaii Governor David Ige recently welcomed visitors again after public health efforts resulted in one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the United States.