United announces 6 new flights from Everett's Paine Field

Artist drawing of Paine Field terminal.

EVERETT, Wash. -- A second major airline has announced it will begin commercial service from Everett's Paine Field.

United Airlines says it will off six daily flights to and from their two hubs in Denver and San Francisco, starting in the fall of 2018.

"Bringing new service to Paine Field offers customers more ways to conveniently connect to the country's largest business and leisure destinations," said Dave Hilfman with United.

The flights will add United's 36 other flights to its U.S. hubs from Sea-Tac Airport.

The announcement comes nearly three months after Alaska Airlines announced it would become the first major airline to offer commercial flights from Paine Field.

Alaska said it will begin nine daily flights int the fall of 2018, but has not yet announced flight destinations or schedules yet.

The airlines will operate from a new two-gate passenger terminal being built at Paine Field. Construction began in June for the $20 million project being built by Propeller Airports.

“People are nervous that this can be Sea-Tac North,” Propeller Airports' CEO Brett Smith said during the groundbreaking. “It’s not going to be Sea-Tac North, the market doesn't bear that, it bears a small regional airport that goes to five and six different cities, potentially.”

But, neighboring cities and citizen groups haven’t given up their fight to stop the terminal’s construction. For years, opponents said the added noise and vehicle traffic are undesirable side effects to having the convenience of a Sea-Tac Airport alternative.

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