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United to start flights in late March


Last updated 11/28/2018 at Noon

On the heels of Alaska Airlines’ announcement for its first flights at Paine Field, United Airlines put its first wave of tickets on sale Monday, Nov. 26, and announced its first day at Paine Field will be March 31, 2019.

United will fly have flights to and from Denver and San Francisco, with a maximum of six flights per day at the Propeller Airports-run terminal.

“We are excited to offer our Seattle and northwest Washington area travelers new opportunities to easily access our hubs in Denver and San Francisco,” said Ankit Gupta, United’s vice president of Domestic Network Planning. “With United’s six daily flights from Paine Field beginning this spring, our new service will conveniently connect customers from the northern Seattle, Snohomish and northern King county areas to the world’s largest business and leisure destinations, with just one stop.”

Both Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers and Brett Smith, Propeller Airport's CEO, said they were thrilled with United’s announcement.

"We are excited about the business and travel opportunities that will come with United's service at Paine Field," said Somers. "Snohomish County is proud to be part of this very exciting story in commercial aviation."

"United's new service at Everett will allow customers to get on a United plane in Everett and easily connect to hundreds of destinations around the world, while enjoying United's world class service," said Smith.

Alaska put tickets on sale two weeks ago for its first round of flights, and announced it would be starting commercial air service from Paine Field Feb. 11 pending government approval. Those flights will be going to and from Las Vegas.

The Paine Field terminal plan was for a maximum of 24 flights between three airlines: Alaska, United, and Southwest Airlines.

Alaska was slated to have a maximum of 13 flights, Southwest would have five, and United would have the other six.

When Alaska announced its first round of flights, it also announced it had received the five daily flights from Southwest, which has dropped out of Paine Field entirely.

For the time being, only Alaska and United will operate the 24 daily flights.

As noted previously, the Feb. 11 and March 31 dates are subject to government approval.

The Federal Aviation Administration decided another environmental assessment was necessary for the terminal as the previous assessment, completed in 2012, accounted for 12 flights and different types of aircraft.

The new assessment, released in October, found no major impacts or findings in regards to noise, traffic, or air pollution.


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