United have announced that service will begin from the Paine Field airport from March 31st, 2019. They intend to offer two flights per day to Denver, and four to San Francisco.
Vice President of Domestic Network Planning at United, Ankit Gupta, commented,
“We are excited to offer our Seattle and Northwest Washington area travellers new opportunities to easily access our hubs in Denver and San Francisco. With United’s six daily flights from Paine Field beginning this spring, our new service will conveniently connect customers from the Northern Seattle, Snohomish and Northern King County areas to the world’s largest business and leisure destinations with just one stop.”
United flights from Paine Field
United actually have a history with Paine Field, as they were the first commercial airline to fly from the site in 1939. Along with Alaska, they will be the only airlines operating a commercial service from the airport, unless more slots are made available in future.
All United flights will be using Embraer 175 aircraft exclusively. Alaska also plan to use the small aircraft for their services. It seems rather ironic that no Boeing aircraft will operate from Boeing’s factory site.
Flights are planned as follows:
|5460||Denver||9:25 a.m.||Paine Field||11:30 a.m.||E175|
|5528||Denver||7:15 p.m.||Paine Field||9:22 p.m.||E175|
|5871||San Francisco||11:00 a.m.||Paine Field||1:24 p.m.||E175|
|5880||San Francisco||12:45 p.m.||Paine Field||2:07 p.m.||E175|
|5898||San Francisco||4:15 p.m.||Paine Field||6:39 p.m.||E175|
|5883||San Francisco||9:30 p.m.||Paine Field||11:54 p.m.||E175|
Tickets for the flights have already gone on sale, with round trip fares starting from $182 to Denver and $192 to SFO.
The Paine Field airport
Home to Boeing’s Everett factory, the airport hasn’t been used for commercial flights for over ten years. Home to more than 650 aircraft, it’s around 30 miles north of downtown Seattle and, of course, the Everett Boeing factory.
Although they are limiting the number of flights to just 24 arrivals and departures per day, the slots are already sold out. Alaska and United will be the only carriers to fly from Paine Field, with Alaska’s flights beginning from 11th February next year, around six weeks before United.
With services from Paine Field linking passengers with key hubs across the US, passengers from North Seattle and Northwest Washington will find connections to hundreds of domestic and international routes far easier than before.
Passengers flying to Denver will connect to almost 400 United flights to 139 destinations in the US. They can also hop onto one of 16 daily nonstop flights to business and leisure destinations across Europe, Asia, Latin America and Canada.
In San Francisco, United’s 300 daily flights can take them on to any of 40 airports across the US or 26 international destinations.