RDU Airport, N.C. – Seattle-based Alaska Airlines today began daily, nonstop service between Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The first flight arrived at approximately 4:30 p.m. With the first departure at 5:50 p.m.
“Each year, more than 146,000 passengers travel between RDU and Seattle for both leisure and business travel,” said Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority President and CEO Michael Landguth. “By bringing the West Coast a little closer, Alaska enhances our customers’ ability to build upon the business synergies that exist between our region and Seattle, while creating great opportunities for leisure travelers who want to explore the Northwest.”
The business synergies that connect the two destinations are the life sciences and technology industries.
In recognition of the connection between Raleigh and Russell Wilson, quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks and Alaska Airlines’ “Chief Football Officer,” the airline is using a special Russell Wilson-branded aircraft for the inaugural flights to and from RDU.
From Seattle, passengers will have access to 83 cities the airline services, including popular destinations on the West Coast and in the Pacific Northwest.