Delta announces new service between Seattle and Orange County

Atlanta-headquartered Delta Air Lines will launch four daily flights between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Orange County's John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, Calif.

The newly announced flights, which will begin May 1, 2016, are among 10 new destinations Delta (NYSE:DAL) will begin serving as part of its aggressive expansion of flights to and from what the carrier dubbed its “newest hub” when it launched service from SEA to Hong Kong in 2014.

Delta flight departing SEA
"Orange County is one of the top destinations from Seattle and fills a critical component of our corporate and leisure travel demand," Mike Medeiros, Delta's Vice President – Seattle, said in a statement announcing the new service.

Other destinations the carrier will begin serving from SEA November include Billings, Mont. (BIL); Boston (BOS); Cancun, Mexico (CUN); Edmonton, Alberta (YEG); Kona (KOA) on Hawaii's Big Island; Missoula, Mont. (MSO); Orlando (MCO); Pasco, Wash. (PSC); and Victoria, British Columbia (YYJ). The new flights will be phased in from November through May 2016.

With the addition of the new flights, Delta will serve “[M]ore than 30 destinations … from Orange County to Shangahi,” Medeiros said.

One of the largest carriers at SEA, Delta offers more than 100 peak-day departures, including eight long-haul international destinations in Europe and Asia. By June 2016, Delta will operate more than 140 peak-day departures to 44 destinations, up from 43 peak-day departures to 18 destinations in June 2013.

Delta's flights will depart SEA at 7:45 a.m., 11:05 a.m., 2:45 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. Flights will leave SNA at 7:20 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. All flights will be slightly less than three hours in duration and will be operated by Delta Connection carrier Compass Airlines using Embraer 175 aircraft.

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