EVERETT, Wash. – Starting by fall of 2018, Alaska Airlines will offer up to nine daily flights leaving from Everett’s Paine Field.
The destinations have not yet been announced.
Alaska will use a fuel-efficient fleet of Boeing 737 and Embraer 175 aircraft.
The airline says public traffic data shows that Everett residents, for example, could save up to 80 minutes off
their airport commute during peak traffic by flying out of Paine Field instead of Sea-Tac Airport.
For several years, the city of Mukilteo and the Save Our Communities neighborhood group have opposed the opening of a commercial terminal at Paine Field, arguing it could impact their quality of life.
The flights have faced numerous court battles, but in January, a state Court of Appeals judge found there was no reason to end an option-to-lease agreement between Snohomish County and Propeller Airports, the company that will build the commercial terminal.
Mukilteo community members say they’re still worried about traffic and noise.
Propeller Airports argued that Snohomish County residents need an airport, and Snohomish County determined that the proposed two-gate, 29,000-square foot terminal would not have a significant environmental impact.
Construction of the terminal is slated to begin in June.
Alaska plans to announce routes, flight schedules and begin selling tickets early next year.
For more information about the terminal project, visit http://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/3651/Propeller-Project-at-Paine-Field