Updated: How Many Airlines Serve Spokane?

Six Seven as of January 2011, down from nine in January 2010.

Source.

The decline is due to consolidation in the industry and has nothing to do with the airport:

  • Delta merged with Northwest, so Northwest no longer flies to Spokane. But Delta has sharply increased its passenger boardings in Spokane.
  • Alaska Airlines has purchased all of the capacity of Horizon Air and is repainting Horizon’s planes in Alaska colors. Horizon will remain an independent company and continue to fly the same flights but they will now be booked as Alaska and appear as Alaska. (I wrote about the Alaska-Horizon changes last October.)
  • Skywest, the other airline that disappeared, flies flights under contract to United Express, Delta connection and AirTran – and those include flights for Delta and United Express to Spokane.

Fewer airlines, regardless of who does the actual flying, mean less competition. Customers will only be able to choose flights amongst six carriers, not nine. Air fares might go up as a consequence because carriers will face less competition.

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