Seattle travelers will soon have a secondary airport if Alaska Airlines gets its way. The Seattle-based carrier hopes to begin flying from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., a facility about 25 miles north of Seattle that does not currently have commercial passenger airline service.
Alaska Airlines said its flights there would begin in the fall of 2018 and would come only after a passenger terminal is built at the airport. Alaska did not immediately reveal schedule plans, saying its Paine Field expansion remained subject to government approvals. But, if approved, Alaska said could eventually fly as many as nine daily round-trip flights from the airport.
Paine Field already hosts a busy flight schedule, but that’s not from regular airline service. Instead, the facility is adjacent to Boeing’s largest assembly line, where the U.S. jetmaker performs final assembly on its 747, 767, 777 and 787 wide-body aircraft.
Alaska Airlines operates its busiest hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which sits on the south side of the city of Seattle. Everett is on the north side, about 40 miles from the region’s primary Seattle-Tacoma airport.
Alaska touted its planned service at Everett’s Paine Field as a way to expand its reach into the northern stretch of Seattle’s metro area, where travelers can facing daunting traffic on Interstate 5 to get to Seattle-Tacoma. (USA Today)