An Alaska Airlines jet touches down in Sitka. Both runway approaches are over ocean. (Flickr photo/Pat Groves)

An Alaska Airlines jet touches down in Sitka.  (Flickr photo/Pat Groves)

Alaska Airlines is about to get some competition in Sitka: Delta Airlines announced on Wednesday (11-19-14) that it is launching daily, nonstop flights between Sitka and Seattle, beginning May 15, 2015.
Delta will also add service to Ketchikan. Both Sitka and Ketchikan will see one flight a day during the busy summer season.

Delta entered the Juneau market last summer, and plans to continue that seasonal service. It will also increase its daily flights from Seattle to Anchorage.

The expanded service is part of Delta’s move into markets that have been dominated by Seattle-based Alaska Airlines. Along with Sitka and Ketchikan, Delta announced new service to Denver, Sacramento, and Boise, Idaho.

Delta CEO Richard Anderson says his company wants to nearly double its footprint at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Alaska Airline’s hub.

Ketchikan and Sitka’s Delta service will be operated by the airline’s partner carrier, SkyWest Airline. The airline will make tickets available on the new routes starting November 22.