The Seattle area is getting a second airport. The brand new Paine Field airport in Everett will see several new Alaska Airlines routes. Alaska intends to serve for the airport just north of Seattle to service the West Coast. Until today, we did not know where Alaska Airlines would fly. Thus far only United and Alaska Airlines have made plans to serve Everett Paine Field, but it is likely other airlines will offer service in the future.
Alaska Announces Eight Destinations
Alaska Airlines will serve the most popular West Coast destinations from Everett Paine Field with 13 new daily flights spread across eight new routes. New service will be Everett to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose.
Flight frequencies for each destination along with departure and arrival times will be announced later in 2018, subject to government approval. Alaska Airlines is planning all jet service to Paine Field, meaning no regional Q-400 planes by Horizon. However, regional Horizon Air and/or Skywest E-175 service is likely. This also means every flight will offer first class!
The new service will likely result in some cut backs of service at Seattle-Tacoma airport allowing Alaska Airlines to reallocate planes to different markets. Despite the reduction that is likely at Seattle-Tacoma international airports, North Sound residents will have flights options closer to home. The Everett-North Sound area is home to more than a million people. They are in desperate need of air service, with a reduce commute time to the airport.
Flights are expected to begin in late 2018.