Spokane “International” Airport non-stop destinations as of January 2012

UpdateSince this was written, Alaska/Horizon announced it will add 2 additional turbo prop flights to the Spokane-Seattle route for a total of 18 flights (15 of which are on propeller planes).  Alaska did not publicly announce their price hike, but in their reservation system, the price went up.

The following airlines serve Spokane “International” Airport:

  • Alaska/Horizon
  • Southwest
  • Delta/Skywest
  • Frontier
  • United/United Express/Skywest
  • US Airways

Some airlines hire contract air carriers to service some of their routes. Alaska hires Horizon Air. Delta and United both hire Skywest, and United also has United Express.

A list of non-stop destination cities is provided by SIA in the form of a map (which will not be accurate for 2012).

Each of the above airlines’ schedule was checked for flight availability departing January 9th and returning on January 13th, 2012. This is similar to what was done a year ago for looking at flights in January of 2011.

The Blue bar is this year. The Red bar is 2012.

Notable changes:

  • Sharp drop in daily flights to Seattle. Alaska now has a monopoly on this popular route.
  • Loss of 1/3d of flights to Denver.
  • Increase in flights to Salt Lake City of about 60%.
  • Drop of 1 flight to Boise (or 1/3d drop since there were only 3 flights)
  • Service discontinued to Sacramento and San Jose.
  • Chicago flights are seasonal only – and not during the winter.
  • UPDATE: As of Nov 2011, no Chicago flights are scheduled in 2012. Chicago flights are now gone.

Total destinations now served non-stop, year round are 10 cities.

  • 2004 – 16 cities
  • 2005 – 15 cities
  • 2011 Jan. – 12 cities
  • 2012 Jan. – 10 cities

The general trend in non-stop destinations has been sharply downward.

4 cities have 4 or more flights per day. Six cities have only 2 options per day. From an air travel convenience stand point, SIA serves only 3 or 4 non-stop destinations.

  • 2005 – 70 daily flights
  • 2011 – 60 daily flights
  • 2012 – 51 daily flights

The general trend in total out going flights has been sharply downward.

The general trend in passenger loads has been flat for 16 years.


Reminder: “SIA said in 2005 that the airport’s passenger count reflects the local economy”. That strongly suggests Spokane’s economy has experienced considerable weakening.

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.

  • The airports new Master Plan appears to have already imploded.
  • In recent years, nearly one-quarter billion dollars of tax and mandatory passenger fees (aka tax) have been spent making improvements to SIA.
  • “International” is in quotes because there have been no scheduled international flights in many years.
  • Half of all daily flights out of Spokane (just over 50 total) in January 2012, will be on propeller planes.

Data tables.

Note: Outbound flight options were checked for Jan 9th, 2012, only. Perhaps there are different flight combinations on other days. I did check a few on Saturday and there are fewer options on Saturday, for example. The data comes from each airline’s online reservation system. There could be mistakes in transcription, of course.

Jan 9 to 13th, 2012 flights. Checked on July 26, 2011.














Seattle Portland Denver SLC Minneapolis San Francisco Oakland Phoenix Las Vegas Boise Sacramento San Jose Chicago
Alaska/Horizon 16 5 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0
Southwest 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 1 2 2 0 0 0
Delta/Skywest 0 5 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Frontier 0 0 2 0 0








United/United Express/Skywest 0 0 2 0
2




0 0 Chicago seasonal only
US Airways 0 0 0 0 0

1



















TOTALS
Total 16 12 6 5 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 51















Original 21 12 9 3 2 2 2 2 2 3 1 1 0 60
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