Commercial flights from Paine Field delayed by government shutdown – KOMO News

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January 22, 2019 6:28 pm Published by

Everett’s Paine Field (KOMO Photo)

EVERETT, Wash. – Commercial passenger service from Everett’s Paine Field, which was expected to begin Feb. 11, is now being postponed until March 4 due to the ongoing government shutdown.

Alaska Airlines called the delay of service a “tough decision,” but said it was the only responsible course of action because several FAA employees who conduct crucial certification and oversight work for the start of commercial service are on furlough because of the shutdown.

The airline also said that further delays are possible.

United Airlines, which also will be flying out of Paine Field, isn’t scheduled to start service until March 31.

Alaska Airlines passengers who have already bought tickets for flights from Paine Field between Feb. 11 and March 4 will receive an email notification that they’re automatically being confirmed, waiving any fees, on a new flight on the same travel date from Sea-Tac International Airport.

Anyone who wishes to keep Paine Field as their departing or arriving airport for a new flight on March 4 or later can do that, waiving any fees, by calling Alaska Airlines at 1-800-252-7522. And anyone who prefers to cancel their Alaska Airlines flight from Paine Field can get a full refund by calling 1-800-252-7522.

“We know our guests who purchased tickets to and from Paine Field will be disappointed by this delay – so are we,” said Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines’ chief commercial officer. “There are certain things that are simply out of our control. … But we remain eager and committed to giving you a much-needed airport alternative north of Seattle, and a great experience.”

After commercial service starts, Alaska Airlines and United Airlines will offer a combined 24 daily departures from Everett.

More information about Alaska Airlines’ delay in commercial service from Paine Field is available here …

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