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Statement from Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of planning and
“Alaska Airlines believes the Puget Sound region is best served by Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Adding commercial air service to a
regional airport located 42 miles away from the state’s largest airport—and an hour’s drive from Bellingham International Airport—is not a good alternative for our region. It would also require a multimillion-dollar investment to build a new terminal and other facilities to accommodate passenger service. “Significant investments have been made in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in recent years with the completion of a third runway, a substantial terminal remodel, new rental car facility and 17-mile light-rail line connecting the airport and downtown Seattle. These improvements have provided more convenience for travelers at Sea-Tac, where efficiencies of scale enable Alaska Airlines to offer our customers low fares.
“With this said, if a competitor begins commercial service at Paine Field, we would respond by adding flights using both a Bombardier Q400 turboprop and Boeing 737 jet.”
Background information regarding Alaska Airlines and Paine Field
In the four years since Horizon Air first expressed interest in adding six daily flights from Paine Field, business conditions have changed dramatically due to the global economic recession and other factors. Horizon has also fulfilled competing opportunities in other markets for the limited number of aircraft that are available to start new service.