Alaska Air to Move Some Seattle Operations to Paine Field, Where It Would Be the Only Commercial Carrier

By Paul Riegler on 17 May 2017
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DSC_0866 (1)Alaska Airlines said it plans to begin to offer service from Paine Field in 2018.

Paine Field is a general aviation airport in Snohomish County with three runways and is roughly 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Seattle. It is home to the Boeing Everett Factory, the primary assembly location for Boeing wide-body aircraft such as the 747 and 777.

The Seattle-based airline said that the airport operator and Snohomish County plan to start construction of a commercial aviation terminal next month. The carrier, plans to use Boeing 737 and Embraer 175 aircraft on the new, yet to be announced, routes that will include nine daily departures when operations start.

Alaska cited travel time to its current Seattle airport, Seattle-Tacoma International, for some customers that is more than the actual flight time, using a flight to Portland, Oregon as an example.

“Today’s news means less time stuck in traffic on Interstate 5 and more time enjoying your vacation or making the most of your business trip,” said Brad Tilden, the airline’s CEO, noting that more than one million North Sound residents will benefit from the new facility.

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