EVERETT — Alaska Airlines will again shuffle its Paine Field flight schedule, adding a daily round trip to Boise beginning in June.
The Seattle-based carrier will launch service between Everett and the Idaho capital beginning June 18, Alaska Airlines spokesman Ray Lane said.
The daily departure from Everett is scheduled for 7:10 p.m., arriving in Idaho at 9:40 pm. Mountain time. The return flight is planned for 7 a.m. MDT, arriving in Everett at 7:45 a.m. Pacific time.
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To accommodate the new Boise schedule, Alaska will reduce the number of daily departures to Portland from three to two in June, Lane said.
This is the second airline schedule change announced this week for the Snohomish County-owned airport and the new passenger terminal.
On Monday, United Airlines said it is eliminating daily flights to San Francisco due to insufficient demand. The change is effective March 5. The Chicago-based carrier will continue to serve its Denver hub with three daily flights. Meanwhile, Alaska continues to serve San Francisco with daily flights from Everett.
Alaska Airlines began offering daily flights from Everett to Spokane in November based on customer requests. Lane said Boise has been another top-requested destination from Paine Field.
Said David Besse, Alaska’s manager of network planning: “We’re excited to offer this new service connecting two distinct regions of the Pacific Northwest given our recent success between Everett and Spokane.”
“A growing number of our guests enjoy the ease of flying to and from Paine Field and its new terminal. We believe this route will become popular, more easily connecting family and friends, workers and businesses,” Besse said.
United and Alaska share the new two-gate terminal, which is owned and operated by Propeller Airports. Both airlines use Embraer 175 twin jets flown by regional carriers SkyWest under the United Express brand and by Horizon Air, Alaska’s regional subsidiary.
Combined, Alaska and United are capped by the Federal Aviation Administration at 24 departures and 24 arrivals per day at Paine Field. Six of those slots belong to United.
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But with United cutting the flights to San Francisco, it’s not clear what will happen to those three open spots, and United did not comment on that.
Alaska Airlines will continue to operate 18 daily departures. Boise will be the airline’s 11th destination from Everett. Today the carrier flies from Paine Field to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Spokane.
As of January, more than 680,000 passengers have flown to or from Paine Field on Alaska Airlines, Lane said.
Alaska began passenger service at Paine Field 11 months ago. The carrier’s Paine Field flights are operated by Horizon Air with jet service using the Embraer 175 aircraft.
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