February 7, 2013 at 3:05 PM
Fly direct from Everett to Hawaii? Alaska Air files for FAA’s OK
Shorts- and sandal-clad North End residents could wing their way directly to Hawaii from Everett if an Alaska Airlines proposal flies.
Honolulu, Maui, Portland and Las Vegas would be the first destinations for Alaska jets if service commences from Paine Field, the airline proposed Thursday.
A list of up to 35 round-trip flights for the first year of operations was part of the airline’s next step in seeking Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for it to fly out of Paine Field, which is not currently used for commercial flights.
But it’s still all on the basis of “if and when.” Since Paine Field doesn’t currently have a passenger terminal, the timeline is likely years — or at least many months — out. In addition, the cities of Edmonds and Mukilteo and other opponents of commercial service at Paine Field recently filed a notice to challenge the idea in federal court.
Alaska says it is happy at its Sea-Tac Airport base (plus Bellingham International Airport, which handles some Hawaii and Portland flights) and isn’t in any scramble to move to Everett, but wants to be poised to match service by any competitors, such as budget carrier Allegiant Air, which has expressed interest in Paine Field.
The FAA determined in December that proposed commercial flights at the Snohomish County airport would not significantly increase noise, traffic or air pollution in nearby communities. The county is starting to plan for a terminal.
Alaska said in the FAA application that it might expand within five years with flights from Everett to Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix. More details here.
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