February 7, 2013 at 1:34 PM
Alaska Airlines offers proposed Paine Field flight schedule
Alaska Airlines on Thursday announced a proposed schedule of flights when commercial plane service comes to Everett’s Paine Field.
In December, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved commercial passenger flights out of the general-aviation airport. It’s unclear how soon flights could take off since an organized community group has long opposed passenger flights at Paine Field; a passenger terminal also has to be built.
Alaska Airlines said it has told the FAA that it could have 28 round-trip flights per week leaving from the Everett airport.
“We continue to believe that our flights at Sea-Tac Airport and in Bellingham best serve the Puget Sound region’s needs for affordable air travel, particularly in light of the significant investments both airports have made recently to improve their facilities,” Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of planning and revenue management said in a news release. “That said, if one or more other airlines begin operations at Paine Field, we would commence service alongside these carriers. Submitting a schedule with the FAA along with a request for authorization to serve Paine is a necessary step in the process.”
Alaska is proposing, in the first year, 14 weekly round-trip flights to Las Vegas, Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii, using Boeing 737-800 jet aircraft. Alaska would also fly 21 weekly round-trip flights to Portland with Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft. Not all destinations would be served daily
By its fifth year of operations , Alaska would fly 49 weekly round-trip flights — including 28 round-trips to Las Vegas, Honolulu, Maui, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Diego. There would be 21 weekly round-trips to Portland.
Alaska Airlines operates about 1,750 weekly round-trip flights at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
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