Alaska Airlines will launch regular scheduled flights late 2018 from Everett’s Paine Field in Washington State. Apart from giving residents another alternative to using Seattle’s Sea-Tac (Seattle-Tacoma) International Airport, this is great news for aviation geeks as it is Boeing’s main production factory for aircraft such as the 747 and 777.
Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden states, “As our region continues to grow at a record pace and Sea-Tac Airport nears capacity, the time is right… (this) news means less time stuck in traffic on Interstate 5 and more time enjoying your vacation or making the most of your business trip.”
The airline has not revealed which destinations or routes are to be served from Paine Field, however they will most like include flights to California and Oregon. In anticipation of FAA approval, Alaska Airlines plans to offer up to nine daily departures. The construction of a new passenger terminal is expected to commence in June 2017. The new terminal will be relatively small with two gates however it will be able to handle up to 16 departures in the future. It is expected more airlines will offer service to Paine Field in the future.
Presently the airport, located in Snohomish County, is primarily used by Boeing for test flights and for the delivery of aircraft to airlines. It does not have any regularly scheduled passenger service. The airport has three asphalt runways (one is not operational at the moment), the longest one at 2,746m/9,010ft is 16R/34L.