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On Tuesday Alaska Airlines announced that they will start offering service from Paine Field in Everett, Washington to a select number of destinations in the western U.S. I’d heard reports of this expansion previously, but now the service appears to indeed be moving forward. Look for thirteen new daily departures starting in the fall.

The destinations Alaska plans to serve out of Everett include:

  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Phoenix
  • Portland
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Santa Ana

That’s quite a few for one airport! But given that the Seattle area is growing rapidly, it makes sense that people are looking for more convenient options. I know that Santa Rosa airport in the greater Bay Area has been growing at a record pace.

Speculation on the service

If I had to guess, I’d bet that the service between Paine Field and select destinations in the West will be mostly business travelers. Boeing’s factory is located in Everett, Washington. Microsoft is located nearby in Redmond, and Everett would probably be an easier drive than SeaTac much of the time.

In any case, the service should hopefully alleviate some of the pressure SeaTac has been experiencing. It has some major expansion plans of its own as Delta and Alaska battle it out for market share.

Conclusion

It is pretty unique Alaska would consider starting a lot of new service from an airport not currently served by any major commercial carrier. It might be a gamble, but I hope it is one that will pay off for them!


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