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Alaska delays Paine Field launch due to government shutdown

January 22, 2019 / EDWARD RUSSELL

Alaska Airlines is the first carrier to officially postpone a new service due to the on-going partial US federal government shutdown now in its 32nd day. The Seattle-based carrier will delay the launch of service to Paine Field in Everett, Washington, to 4 March from 11 February as Federal Aviation Administration officials needed for the start of commercial air service to the airport are furloughed, Alaska says in a statement. It’s a tough decision, but we believe the responsible action is to postpone the start of service at Paine Field," says the airline.