— BWI Marshall Airport (@BWI_Airport) September 2, 2014
Travelers with a hankering for smoked salmon or a desire to visit the Starbucks that started it all now have a new option for getting to the Emerald City.
Alaska Airlines is starting nonstop service to Seattle from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Tuesday. The airline will offer one daily nonstop flight. Airport officials and airline executives will gather at the airport in the afternoon to celebrate the new route.
Alaska Airlines is new to BWI, which has been looking to increase its flight offerings to better compete with Reagan National and Washington Dulles airports.
“We’ve been chasing Alaska for awhile and they’ve been looking,” said BWI chief executive Paul J. Wiedefeld. “It opens up the whole Pacific Northwest to this area and provides great access to Alaska and beyond.”
Wiedefeld said that Southwest Airlines also offers service to Seattle, but the route is seasonal.
“It’s good to have more options,” he said.
In 2013, BWI served an average of 61,639 daily passengers. Roughly 22.5 million commercial passengers flew through the airport last year.
Correction: An earlier version of this post said the new service was a direct flight.