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Alaska Airlines could soon be flying out of Everett

Dori is going "North to Alaska." (File, Associated Press)

Alaska Airlines could soon fly commercially out of Paine Field in Everett.

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Beginning next fall, Alaska will have nine daily flights out of the airfield, which could mean shorter drives for those in the North Sound who usually have to drive down to Sea-Tac or up to Bellingham to fly.

Construction of the new terminal is expected to begin in June. Alaska says they will announce flight schedules at the start of 2018. The plan is subject to government approvals.

“As our region continues to grow at a record pace and Sea-Tac Airport nears capacity, the time is right to bring air service to our valued guests living in the North Sound,” said CEO of Alaska Airlines Brad Tilden. “Today’s news means less time stuck in traffic on Interstate 5 and more time enjoying your vacation or making the most of your business trip.”

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers called it “great news.”

“Businesses will have easier access to major markets and leisure travelers can skip the commute down south, saving time and fuel,” he said.

Alaska Airlines plans to operate the daily departures from Paine Field using a fuel-efficient fleet of Boeing 737 and Embraer 175 aircraft.

“Alaska understands the local market, so having our Seattle-based airline be the first to provide scheduled passenger service from Everett just confirms the value commercial flights will bring to the local economy,” Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson said. “Alaska is an industry leader in service and reliability, and our citizens and businesses will benefit from having such a convenient travel option right here in Everett.”

Construction on the state-of-the-art terminal is slated to begin in June.

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