MIAMI — Alaska Airlines has announced it will launch daily nonstop flights from San Diego to Baltimore, starting March 15, 2017.

The new route comes to compete with Southwest, which offers two daily direct flights from San Diego to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. To date, Alaska Airlines serves Baltimore from two West Coast cities: Seattle and Los Angeles.

“Our San Diego customers will soon enjoy nonstop flights to this historic seaport city, as well as easy access to the nation’s capital nearby,” John Kirby, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of capacity planning said in a statement.

Alaska Airlines will offer a daily service from Lindbergh Field, with a 22:55 departure from San Diego and a 06:46 arrival on the East Coast. Return service leaves at 06:15 and arrives to San Diego at 08:39, all local times. The Seattle-based carrier will fly Boeing 737s on the new route.

Baltimore represents the fourth East Coast destination added by Alaska Airlines from San Diego since 2012. Other recently added destinations include Boston, Orlando and Newark, which begins service next Monday.

This year, San Diego Airport has experienced a 4.21% year-over-year growth, nearing the 10 million passenger mark until last August, with Southwest Airlines ranking as the leading carrier in the airport with almost 7 million passengers transported.