Southwest Airlines to end all Spokane-Seattle flights

Southwest Airlines to end all Spokane-Seattle flights. They hope to restore service next spring.

That leaves Horizon as the main option, which means Horizon will raise their fares, for sure (updatelooks like they eliminated their cheapest fares).  All services between Spokane and Seattle will be ended as of January 8thIt appears short haul services are dying, which will further isolate Spokane.

More signs of Spokane’s booming economic engine.

2009-2011 passengers counts were already below 1996 levels before this announcement. After this announcement, it only gets worse.

REMINDER: The airport is a proxy for the local economy. The fall off in flights, non-stop destinations and passengers is primarily a reflection of the local and national economy . The data suggest that Spokane’s economy is doing worse than elsewhere. The data presented do not mean that airport management is (presently) doing a bad job, although their PR spin is amusing.

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