On Monday, Delta announced its latest expansion move: Beginning in June, it will fly three times a day from Seattle to Chicago.
Delta’s new Chicago flights will begin on June 19. They will fill in one of the last big gaps in the carrier’s Seattle route network. By this summer, Delta Air Lines will serve each of the top 10 destinations from Seattle and 17 of the top 20.
This is Delta’s second Seattle route expansion of 2017. Back in January, the company announced that it would begin seven new routes from Seattle over the year, serving Austin; Eugene, Ore.; Lihue, Hawaii; Milwaukee, Nashville, Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Redmond, Ore..
All eight of Delta’s new routes in Seattle are served by Alaska Air today. Taken together, they will bring Delta up to 163 peak day departures in Seattle this summer. That’s still well behind Alaska Air, which has nearly 300 daily departures there — but Delta has been catching up gradually.