Vacation travel is increasing thanks to vaccination trust, and airlines are responding with increased routing and improved services. This week’s travel information includes a new non-stop service to Cincinnati and an increase in international service.
Read on for the latest airline news for the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Alaska Airlines debuts between Seattle and Cincinnati
Alaska has introduced a daily non-stop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).
“For years we’ve heard from flyers and our corporate customers that they want the Seattle hometown to connect Cincinnati to the Puget Sound region,” said Brett Catlin, vice president of Network and Alliances, Alaska.
“We couldn’t be more excited to launch our newest destination in the Midwest,” said Catlin. Cincinnati is Alaska’s 95th non-stop destination from its Seattle hub and the first time the airline has regularly operated scheduled flights to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Medical worker putting a dose sticker on a COVID-19 vaccination card
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The American Airlines app checks the vaccination
American Airlines is partnering with mobile health partner Daon and its VeriFLY app to help passengers review vaccination requirements prior to flight. This new option will initially apply to travel to Bahamas, El Salvador and Guatemala.
“VeriFLY gives customers the confidence that they can meet the travel needs of their destination and save a lot of time at the airport,” said Julie Rath, American vice president of customer experience. “As countries open up to vaccinated people again, with VeriFLY we are ready to help our customers travel with confidence.”
AA customers flying to Bahamas, El Salvador, and Guatemala can upload a picture of either side of their COVID-19 vaccine record to the app. The VeriFLY team then reviews and verifies that a guest’s documentation meets their target requirements.
Delta Air Lines Bombardier Boeing 757-200 aircraft as they arrive on final approach for landing in New York JFK John F. (Photo by Nicolas Economou / NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Delta increases international flights
As entry restrictions for international destinations are lifted, Delta is expanding its routes with connections to Italy, Greece, Croatia and Iceland.
Delta is offering COVID-tested flights via JFK to Milan, Rome and Venice. Daily flights to Athens will continue on May 28, while the new flight to Dubrovnik will start in July. The airline also offers flights to Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport with hub connections via New York’s JFK, Boston and Minneapolis.
“As the first European country to reopen to US tourists, we saw increased demand for travel to Iceland this summer compared to 2019,” said Amy Martin, Managing Director – International Network Planning for Delta Airlines.