Alaska Airlines takes next step for flights at Paine Field

EVERETT, Wash. -- Alaska Airlines has taken the next step to operate flights out of Everett's Paine Field in the future, the company announced Thursday.

As required by its application to the FAA, the airline is providing the agency with a proposed schedule over the next five years that could include more then two-dozen round-trip jet flights a week.

But Alaska said it's happy where they are now and the application was to protect itself should other airlines begin operations out of Paine Field in the future.

"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 press 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."

The airline proposed 14 total weekly flights using 737s to destinations in Las Vegas and Hawaii and 21 round trip flights to Portland using Bombardier Q400 turboprops in the first year. By the fifth year, it would expand to 49 weekly flights that would add Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Diego as destinations.

Alaska told the FAA the proposed schedules could change based on other factors, including competition, economy and customer needs.

Right now, Paine Field currently has no adequate passenger terminal, which would need to be built before operations by any airline could begin.

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Full details of Alaska's proposed Paine Field schedule.