Alaska, United to start commercial flights from Everett’s Paine Field

Featured image by Cheryl Landes

Update, January 9, 2019:

The opening has been delayed until February 11, 2019, but the exact date depends on when the government shutdown ends. The delay appears to be caused from the approval of an updated air service environmental assessment about the impact of offering commercial flights at Paine Field. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to approved the latest version of the assessment.

Alaska started selling tickets for flights to and from Paine Field on November 15, 2018, and United began sales on November 26.

The destinations served by Paine Field have changed. The current list includes:

  • Denver
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Orange County, CA
  • Phoenix
  • Portland
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose, CA

Southwest Airlines no longer plans to offer flights from Paine Field, citing “business considerations.” Alaska has taken over the five time slots that were reserved for Southwest.

Paine Field Airport has an FAQ page about its upcoming commercial air services.


Original post, January 18, 2018:

A new two-gate terminal for commercial flights at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, is closer to reality. It’s scheduled to open in fall 2018, when Alaska and United Airlines start providing service to select destinations.

United Airlines will offer six daily flights from Everett to its San Francisco and Denver hubs. Alaska Airlines, the largest carrier at the new terminal, plans 13 daily non-stop flights to eight destinations:

  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Orange County, California
  • Phoenix
  • Portland, Oregon
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose, California

The airlines will share both gates.

The new terminal includes a passenger hall/entrance and check-in area, TSA security screening, passenger waiting and boarding areas, concessions, baggage handling, and baggage claim. A parking lot for 574 cars contains a mixed-use area for employee parking, rental car facilities, and passenger parking.

It isn’t clear yet whether TSA pre-check will be available in the terminal.

Paine Field, originally called Snohomish County Airport, was built in 1936 by the Works Progress Administration to stimulate the economy and create jobs. The WPA finished construction there eight years before the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport was built 35 miles south. In 1939, United Airlines operated the first commercial airline from Snohomish County Airport, and the airport’s name was changed to Paine Field in 1941.

During World War II and the Korean War, the airport’s use was diverted to military operations. Snohomish County assumed full management of Paine Field and opened it for new commercial development in the mid-1960s, which led to Boeing building a production facility there for its 747 jetliner. Paine Field became Boeing’s production center for its 747, 767, 777, 787 aircraft, and Sea-Tac emerged as the region’s primary airport.

Propeller Airports broke ground for the new 29,300-square-foot terminal on June 5, 2017 and will be responsible for terminal operations there when construction is complete.

For updates about the project, visit Propeller Airports’ website. Find general information about Paine Field and directions here.

An artist’s rendition of the new two-gate terminal at Paine Field in Everett, Washington (image credit: Propeller Airports)

See also:

Southwest Airlines plans commercial flights from Paine Field starting fall 2018

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