Alaska Airlines hopes to add 4 flights from Paine Field

Alaska Airlines hopes to add back four more daily flights from Paine Field, north of Seattle, an airline executive said Wednesday.

The airline currently offers just two daily flights from the Seattle suburb of Everett to Las Vegas and Phoenix.

“Our goal in winter is to get back to six daily flights,” said Scott Kennedy, Alaska Airlines’ state and local government affairs manager.

The Daily Herald reported that before the coronavirus pandemic, the airline operated 18 daily flights from Paine Field to a dozen destinations — including Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County in California and Spokane.

Ray Lane, a spokesman for the airline, said in an email that the company hopes to “ultimately bring back flights to all of our pre-COVID destinations — but at reduced frequencies.”

Paine Field shut down in May, amid the pandemic, to undergo ramp repairs. The airport reopened on Aug. 1.