Alaska Airlines has Big Plans to Grow!

Three major announcements in the past month address the return of demand and growth


Alaska Airlines to resume full schedule at Paine Field by spring 2022

Recovery continues this fall with 13 daily departures at Seattle-area airport, including new nonstop flight to Tucson that offers guests another warm destination this winter

With increasing confidence that air travel is on a steady climb to return to pre-pandemic levels in the coming year, Alaska Airlines is planning to resume our full schedule of 18 daily nonstop departures at Paine Field-Snohomish County Airport by spring 2022, possibly earlier. The airport in Everett, north of Seattle, remains very popular with our guests.

Alaska Airlines service at Paine Field in Everett effective Nov. 19, 2021, including a new route to Tucson.

As part of the path to recovery, we’ll have 13 daily departures at Paine Field later this fall – up from five now – as we bring back more destinations, increase flight frequencies and even add an exciting new route to Tucson, Arizona.

“It has definitely been a difficult stretch, but our commitment to Paine Field never wavered,” said Brett Catlin, vice president of network and alliances at Alaska Airlines. “Our guests love the convenience of the airport. Next year, as we continue to offer additional flights, we’ll be in a position to resume our full allotment of 18 departures every day to the places our guests want to fly to the most.”

On June 17, Alaska will fly to five destinations from Everett: Las Vegas, Orange County, Phoenix, San Diego and San Francisco. Here’s more of what’s ahead at Paine Field:

  • On Sept. 8, we’ll jump to 11 daily departures to seven destinations as we add two flights a day to both Boise and Spokane, along with second daily flights to both Las Vegas and Phoenix. 
  • On Oct. 7, we bring back our seasonal flight to Palm Springs. 
  • On Nov. 19, we’ll launch our new seasonal service to Tucson, another popular getaway for wintertime warmth in the desert. 

That means, just in time for the holiday travel season, Alaska will have 13 daily departures to nine destinations from the north Puget Sound airport that’s easy to get in and out of. Tickets are available for purchase now for all Paine Field flights on, including the new service between Everett and Tucson.

Horizon Air provides the all-jet service for our flights that serve Paine Field with the Embraer 175 aircraft, which features First Class and Premium Class, and only window and aisle seating – there are no middle seats. Guests can enjoy hundreds of free movies and TV shows available for viewing on personal devices; free texting on most flights; and Wi-Fi connectivity for purchase.

Get ahead of wintertime blues! Alaska Airlines adds new flights to sun-filled spots

With more flyers returning to the skies, we’re announcing additional service from San Francisco, Portland and Palm Springs to destinations across North America

You’ve already booked long-awaited summer travel plans to be reunited with family and friends. Great! But have you thought about a little something for yourself when the weather turns gloomy and cold this winter? A sun-drenched beach, a decadent poolside cabana, an all-inclusive oceanfront resort? We’re ready to get you there.

Alaska Airlines announces new routes to sunny destinations for wintertime flying.

Alaska Airlines is now offering several new nonstop routes to make it easier to escape to places known for wintertime sun and fun:

  • Just in time for the holidays, we’ll begin weekly, seasonal service between San Francisco and Cancun on Dec. 16, offering our Bay Area guests a convenient way to get away to eastern Mexico. 
  • We’ll launch two new flights from Portland on Dec. 16 to Tampa and New Orleans – the only nonstops from the Rose City to these two Southern destinations. These routes are also seasonal service, each with several flights a week. 
  • On Nov. 19, we’ll say howdy to another new route connecting Palm Springs and Austin. It’s the only nonstop flight between the heart of the Coachella Valley and the Texas capital with flights five times a week.

“Since March, our bookings for leisure travel have exceeded what they were before the pandemic. For many of our guests, there’s an increased confidence that comes after being vaccinated. They were cooped up for well over a year – now they’re ready to relax, enjoy and explore,” said Brett Catlin, vice president of network and alliances at Alaska Airlines. “With these new routes, we can whisk them away to destinations that have a warm sparkle in the wintertime.”

Many of our guests are leisure travelers – heading to Hawaii for vacation, visiting family in Boston, maybe off to a soccer tournament with the kids in Los Angeles. They turn to us for low fares, great service and genuine hospitality. We offer West Coast-inspired fresh meals and beverages, hundreds of free TV shows and movies to watch on personal devices, upgraded satellite Wi-Fi on more of our aircraft and even free texting during flights. 

Tickets for all flights are available for purchase now on

Start DateEndDateCity Pair Departs ArrivesFrequencyAircraft
Nov. 19April 18Austin – Palm Springs 9 a.m.10:35 a.m.5x/WeeklyE175
Nov. 19April 18Palm Springs – Austin 11:05 a.m.4:10 p.m.5x/WeeklyE175
Dec. 16April 18San Francisco –Cancun9:40 a.m.5:55 p.m.Weekly737
Dec. 16 April 18Cancun –San Francisco11 a.m.2 p.m.Weekly737
Dec. 16April 18Portland – Tampa12:10 p.m.8:29 p.m.4x/Weekly737
Dec. 16April 18Tampa – Portland8 a.m.11 a.m.4x/Weekly737
Dec. 16 April 18Portland –New Orleans12 p.m.6:30 p.m.3x/Weekly737
Dec. 16  April 18 New Orleans –Portland8 a.m.11:10 a.m.3x/Weekly737

All flight times are local.

These leisure routes are part of a series of new ones we’ve recently announced. With the addition of our new nonstop service to Belize from Los Angeles and Seattle this November, our guests have access to 42 more nonstops now than they did before the pandemic.

Alaska Airlines grows with Boise, launching new flights and adding more routes

From Idaho’s capital, we’re now flying to Chicago and Austin, plus we’ll start new service to Pullman-Moscow and Phoenix, for up to 30 daily departures to 14 destinations

Boise is booming! And Alaska Airlines keeps growing in the dynamic city where we’ve long been the largest carrier. We’re flying our guests in Idaho’s Treasure Valley to the places they’re eager to visit. Starting today, we’re launching daily nonstop service between Boise and Chicago O’Hare, and Boise and Austin. Also today, we’re announcing new nonstop flying between Boiseand Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport in Washington, and Boise and Phoenix.

This winter, Alaska Airlines will have up to 30 daily nonstop departures from Boise to 14 destinations.

“Our guests are showing us how excited they are about our new service to Chicago and Austin from Boise with strong bookings throughout the summer months,” said Brett Catlin, vice president of network and alliances at Alaska Airlines. “Our new year-round route bridging Boiseand Pullman-Moscow will offer a crucial link to that area’s two major universities, and the seasonal nonstop to Phoenix is another terrific way to quickly escape to sunshine and warmth in the desert this winter.”

As vaccination rates rise, so does the quest to travel again. Families and friends want to see each other face-to-face and share a hug – not another video call. We’re adding new routes and more flights to make those connections easier. This winter, we’ll have up to 30 daily nonstop departures from Boise to 14 destinations on Alaska and our sister carrier Horizon Air. We already have more nonstop destinations and more daily departures from Boise than any other airline. Our commitment to Boise Airport and our guests only becomes stronger. 

Tickets are available for purchase now on

Newly added flights

City PairDepartsArrivesFrequencyAircraft
Aug. 17Boise – Pullman-Moscow11:10 a.m.11:15 a.m.5x/WeeklyQ400
Aug. 17Pullman-Moscow – 
11:55 a.m.1:34 p.m.5x/WeeklyQ400
Nov. 19April 18Boise – Phoenix10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.DailyE175
Nov. 19April 18Phoenix – Boise1:10 p.m.4:15 p.m.DailyE175

Flight times based on local times.

“The Boise Airport is grateful that Alaska Airlines continues to improve connectivity for residents of the Treasure Valley,” said Boise Airport Director Rebecca Hupp. “With Idaho’s vast rural geography, regional flights are an important link in our transportation system. I’m confident the nonstop service to Pullman-Moscow matches the needs of our community, and I’m thrilled Alaska is connecting two important regions of the state again.”

“Nonstop air service between Moscow and Boise improves access for our Vandal families to engage in the quality education offered at our residential campus,” said University of Idaho President Scott Green. “It’s our goal to break down barriers to access and do our part to improve the go-on rate of our state. This flight is also vital to all of Idaho’s residents to participate most fully in government and business.”

With more people flying again, Alaska remains committed to Next-Level Care for its guests and employees by implementing more than 100 ways to maintain the highest standard of safety – from clean planes to clean air in the cabin (with hospital-grade air filtration systems). For everyone’s safety on board, Alaska continues to enforce the federally mandated mask policy, even for those who are fully vaccinated.

Alaska is the newest member of the oneworld global alliance. With oneworld and our additional airline partners, guests can fly to as many as 1,000 destinations around the world. Flyers can also earn and redeem miles with our highly-acclaimed Mileage Plan program to fly on more than 20 oneworld and airline partners.

SOURCEAero Crew News, July 2021
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