Alaska Airlines starts taking reservations for flights out of Everett’s Paine Field

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Alaska Airlines has started accepting bookings for passenger flights from Paine Field in Everett, bringing Snohomish County closer to realizing its goal of offering an alternative travel option to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The carrier will operate 18 flights to eight cities beginning Feb. 11, it said in a statement posted on its website Thursday. Those destinations are Portland, Las Vegas, Phoenix and five California airports: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Orange County.