Need evidence of the growing influence of the Southern states over Washington state business? Look no further than Alaska Airlines
The Seattle-based airline announced three new routes this week that service the growing tech centers in the South. Tech companies and Boeing were the principal drivers behind Alaska Airlines' decision to create the new routes.
The new daily routes, beginning this fall, will be daily nonstop flights between SEA and CHS, BNA, and RDU
All three cities are generating increasing business travel with Seattle due to corporate facilities there and the growth of technology industries on both coasts, said John Kirby, Alaska Airlines vice president of capacity planning

“These really fit from a business synergy standpoint. They present themselves as opportunities to expand the breadth of our Seattle service,” he said.

The new routes are part of Alaska’s growing array of nonstop flights radiating from its Seattle hub. This has been a strategy for the carrier to combat its much-larger competitor Delta Air Lines, by offering nonstop flights where Delta doesn’t.
Delta flights connect to all three destinations from Seattle, but the carrier does not offer nonstops.
When the Alaska Airlines routes start this fall, the airline will be serving 83 destinations from Seattle.