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Alaska Airlines Begins Nonstop Route From Paine Field to Anchorage

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Alaska Airlines had added a new route to its map, this time from Alaska’s “mini-hub” at Paine Field-Snohomish County Airport, north of Seattle. Alaska will begin new nonstop service from Everett (PAE) to Anchorage (ANC), its largest hub in Alaska, allowing passengers to connect onward to destinations throughout Alaska.

Paine Field

Alaska operates several flights out of Paine Field-Snohomish County Airport, which is approximately 20 miles north of Seattle. Meant to be a secondary airport for the city, the airport serves passengers in the northern Seattle area and has a regional-airport-like feel, with brand-new, modern amenities. Many travelers have described the airport as being like an airline lounge, and you’ll notice modern fixtures, furniture, and lighting throughout.

Alaska Airlines Paine Field Terminal Check In
Paine Field is a modern airport located north of Seattle. Image Credit: Alaska Airlines

The airline currently operates service from Paine Field to 8 locations, including Boise (BOI), Las Vegas (LAS), Orange County (SNA), Palm Springs (PSP), Phoenix (PHX), San Diego (SAN), San Francisco (SFO), and Spokane (GEG). While the airport is not meant to replace the mega-hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), it provides a smaller alternative to those not near the downtown area.

Alaska is starting the new flight to serve communities north of Seattle in the Everett area, all the way up to the Canadian border. Like many places in this region, fishing, aviation, and other commercial industries are huge and there’s a need for a nonstop service up to Anchorage. Of course, customers can connect onward to any one of Alaska’s services from Anchorage, and customers flying from Anchorage to Paine Field can then connect onward to other cities in the Lower 48.

New Flight to Anchorage

The new flight from Everett to Anchorage will operate on an Embraer 175 aircraft, and it will feature both first class and Main Cabin seats. It will begin on November 30 and follow the following schedule:

  • Depart Everett (PAE) at 11:05 a.m. — Arrive in Anchorage (ANC) at 2:05 p.m.
  • Depart Anchorage (ANC) at 1:40 p.m. — Arrive in Everett (PAE) at 6:10 p.m.

As you can see, the aircraft operating into Anchorage will not be the same aircraft returning into Paine Field, so the plane serving that route will come from another destination. Both flights will be meal-eligible flights, so in first class, you’ll get a choice of breakfast, lunch, or dinner depending on the time of day, and in the Main Cabin, you’ll get a choice of beverage and a selection of buy-on-board snacks.

Hot Tip: Make sure you are earning Alaska Mileage Plan miles on your flight to redeem for amazing award travel!

Final Thoughts

This new route from Paine Field to Anchorage will be integral to the communities in that area and it provides another link from Anchorage to cities in the Lower 48. Alaska Airlines has been rapidly expanding in recent years and providing more options to get to and from the beauty of Alaska is always something to be happy about.

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James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.

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