Alaska Airlines announced Tuesday that they will be adding 13 daily flights to their roster from Paine Field in Everett, Washington. Most of the flights will go to California; new flights will be offered to Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose. Additional flights will also go to Las Vegas, Phoenix and Portland.
In May 2017, Alaska Airlines first announced they would be flying out of Paine Field. However, company representatives stated that they would only be offering 9 daily flights. With their new announcement, they have since expanded that number to 13.
The airline expects to start the new nonstop flights in fall 2018, when Paine Field will begin providing commercial service. Paine Field will also be the site of a new $20-million passenger terminal constructed to service Alaska Airlines passengers. Alaska is not the only major airline to move into the airport. United Airlines announced in August that they will offer six flights from Paine Field, starting in 2018.
Founded in 1932, Alaska Airlines is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The legacy carrier has earned the top ranking for customer satisfaction from J.D. Power and Associates every year since 2007. In 2017, its mileage rewards plan was also ranked first by U.S. News & World Report among American airlines.
Currently, Alaska Airlines flies out of Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, the region’s largest airport. By adding flights from Paine Field, Alaska Airlines hopes to attract customers who do not wish to make the hour drive south to the larger airport.