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Partner Spotlight: Wayne County Airport Authority

DTW Poised for Growth with New Service from Multiple Airlines

The Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) has bolstered an already impressive roster of international and domestic air service with the addition of numerous new airlines and service routes over the past six months. Leading the way is Alaska Airlines, which will begin daily non-stop service on September 4, between DTW and its Seattle hub. Featuring 737-900ER aircrafts, which seat 181 passengers, the daily flight from Seattle is scheduled to arrive at DTW’s North Terminal at 4:14 p.m., and depart from Detroit at 5:20 pm for the return to SEA-TAC.

“Alaska’s decision to initiate new non-stop service between Seattle and Detroit shows the strength of our local business and leisure travel market,” said Thomas Naughton, CEO of the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA). “Many may not realize it, but Alaska Airlines served nearly 6,000 travelers through Detroit last year in conjunction with its alliance partnerships with Delta and American Airlines.”

Last March, JetBlue added three daily direct flights to Boston from DTW, while Frontier Airlines added service to Wilmington (Philadelphia), Delaware in April. “We’ve been on quite a streak lately with all these new low-cost carrier services and this year also brings our first ever second daily flight to London Heathrow starting in June on Delta,” said Marcus Kemper, WCAA senior vice president of facilities and development. “We hope to keep up all the momentum going forward.”

DTW welcomed more than 32 million passengers in 2013 and is one of the world’s leading air transportation hubs. With service from 13 scheduled passenger airlines, Michigan’s largest airport offers more than 1,100 daily flights to and from nearly 150 non-stop destinations on four continents.