Alaska Airlines has celebrated a long-awaited moment with its first commercial flights at Paine Field-Snohomish County Airport in Everett. Paine Field is now home to Alaska’s latest destination, and the nation’s newest commercial air terminal. The first departure took place on 4 March headed for Portland, Oregon.

This new service provides passengers, particularly those living to the north of Seattle, with an easier, more convenient option for catching a flight. By mid-March, Alaska will have its full flight schedule of 18 daily nonstop departures to eight cities on the West Coast.

The new commercial air service at Paine Field is expected to save time and money for more than one million travellers who live in North Puget Sound. The shorter commute to Paine Field, will benefit from easing traffic congestion and reduce stress levels for customers.

All Alaska flights at Paine Field are operated by Horizon Air with the Embraer 175 aircraft, which has a three-class cabin. Commercial flights from Everett are expected to ignite the economic development by increasing visitors to the area and attracting new businesses. Over the years, Alaska has remained extremely proud of its contributions to Washington’s economy.

“Paine Field offers so many new opportunities. The sky’s the limit,” said Brett Smith, the chief executive officer of Propeller Airports, the company that built and operates the state-of-the-art terminal.

Every seat on the E175 is either a window or an aisle, there’s no middle row. Guests can enjoy 500 free movies and TV shows on their own devices, free texting, and new West-Coast inspired fresh food items and beverage selections on board.

From Paine Field, passengers can fly to eight West Coast cities: Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Orange County, California, Phoenix; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco; San Diego; and San Jose.