Alaska Airlines announced this morning a list of routes that will be flown from Paine Field (PAE). Paine Field is an airport located in Everett, Washington, about thirty miles to the north of Seattle. Boeing’s widebody assembly plant and related facilities are also located on the field, making it one of the more well known airports in the United States. As Seattle’s main airport becomes increasingly congested, Paine Field will cater to the northern suburbs of Seattle and the northern Puget Sound region, which is home to over one million people.
Construction is underway on a terminal for Paine Field, as it has not previously had commercial service. When completed in September 2018, the terminal will have two gates.
In May 2017, Alaska Airlines announced that it would begin service with nine daily flights, which as of today has been increased to thirteen. United Airlines also announced that it would begin serving Paine field from its San Francisco and Denver hubs. In total, the airport will be served nineteen times a day, which is greater than the original announced capacity sixteen flights a day at Paine Field’s terminal.
Today’s announcement includes eight destinations. These destinations are all on the West Coast.
- Las Vegas (LAS)
- Los Angeles (LAX)
- Orange County (SNA)
- Phoenix (PHX)
- Portland (PDX)
- San Diego (SAN)
- San Francisco (SFO)
- San Jose (SJC)
While it remains unknown as to how the flights will be distributed, between the eight new destinations, Alaska will serve Paine field thirteen times a day. Portland will likely see the most frequent flights as it is one of Alaska’s largest hubs. Los Angeles and San Francisco are also likely candidates to see more than one daily flight, as Alaska’s merger partner Virgin America operated hubs from both of these cities, and Alaska has its own hub in Los Angeles. Flying to these three cities will give passengers the opportunity to make a one stop connection to almost every destination that the Alaska Airlines network reaches.
Alaska has also yet to announce which aircraft these routes will be flown with, it has said that it will be “all jet” meaning that there will be no use of Horizon’s Q400 aircraft. Paine field will most likely be served with a mix of Boeing 737 and Embraer E175 aircraft. This means that First Class and Premium Class service, and Wi-Fi will be available on every departure out of Paine Field.
This announcement pushes Alaska closer towards its goal of becoming the “go-to airline” for travelers on the West Coast, with convenient access for those in Seattle’s northern suburbs.
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