Delta Air Lines today is launching five new daily round-trip flights from Spokane and Seattle.
It’s part of Delta’s ongoing expansion into Seattle and the Pacific Northwest market.
Todd Woodard, spokesman at the Spokane airport, said Delta’s new Spokane service is good news for local travelers because it will add another layer of competition to keep fares affordable here.
Travelers will gain direct access to Delta’s growing line of international flights, including Mexico, Calgary, China, Paris, Amsterdam, Japan, London, Hong Kong and Seoul.
“We are a logical feeder into their international flights,” Woodard said.
Spokane travelers increasingly are booking trips to the East Coast. Delta is expected to resume its summer service to Atlanta next year, Woodard said.
Delta announced earlier this year that it is spending $15 million on improvements at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, including a new Delta Sky Club, and bringing more Wi-Fi service to its flights.
Another improvement in Seattle is installation of charging stations for mobile phones next to flight gates.
LCS bus ads target human trafficking
Lutheran Community Services recently announced it’s launching a bus advertising campaign against human trafficking.
Large ads are appearing on the curb sides of buses with smaller signs inside buses. Each ad shows a toll-free help line. The ads will include Spanish or Russian in addition to English. The ads will be concentrated on the Sprague, Division and Hillyard routes. They will target labor abuse and sexual exploitation.
Mabel Elsom, anti-human trafficking coordinator for Lutheran Community Services Northwest, said many victims feel trapped. The ads are intended to give them a feeling of hope.
Funding for the campaign came from the Coalition to Abolish Human Trafficking in the Inland Northwest.
Veterans Day events at Felts Field hangar
The Honor Point Military & Aerospace Museum is putting on a Veterans Day celebration at the historic Northwest Airlines hangar at Felts Field at 1 p.m. Nov. 11.
Retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James McCoy will give a keynote address.
The Mount Spokane High School marching band and Spokane Brass Works will perform. Vintage aircraft and military items will be on display.
The public is invited. Doors open at noon.
STA holding final forums on proposal
Spokane Transit Authority this week will hold its last two public open houses on its STA Moving Forward project.
The events will be on Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza, 701 W. Riverside Ave., and Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Quality Inn, 7919 N. Division St.
The proposal calls for a series of projects to enhance existing transit service across the city, including a new Central City Line trolley bus from Browne’s Addition through downtown to Gonzaga University and Spokane Community College.
Also, STA would create a “high-performance transit network” on major routes.
High Drive work ending for season
In Spokane, construction along High Drive is finishing up for the season between 29th Avenue and Bernard Street. Also, Lincoln and Monroe streets from Seventh to 17th avenues should reopen soon as construction nears completion there.
Construction closing streets in Valley
In Spokane Valley, the intersection of Blake Road and Fourth Avenue will be closed through Nov. 11 for utility work. In addition, Fourth is closed from Blake to McDonald roads through Nov. 26.
Sidewalk infill work is taking place on Farr Road from Appleway to Fourth this week, resulting in a street closure there.
Lanes will close for I-90 repairs
Westbound Interstate 90 near the Cheney exit will be reduced to a single lane of traffic on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to about 1 p.m. for pavement patching. All ramps will remain open.
On Tuesday, eastbound I-90 will be reduced to two through lanes at Altamont Street for pedestrian bridge repair from 9 a.m. to about 3 p.m. The Altamont eastbound on-ramp will be closed.
Cleaning of I-90 median drains may result in left lane restrictions this week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On U.S. Highway 395, a job today to replace utility poles along the southbound lanes from Hastings Road to Falcon Avenue will result in closure of the right lane from 9 a.m. to about 3 p.m.
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