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Will new airline flights in Everett hurt nearby Bellingham airport?

November 20, 2018 / Dave Gallagher

Alaska Airlines' plan to start its 18 daily flights out of Everett likely will impact traffic at Bellingham International Airport, but officials here are trying to attract more destinations — including Mexico — for local and Canadian travelers.Bellingham's airport is located about 70 miles north of Everett, Washington, where the Paine Field airport is set to get its first commercial flights in decades early next year. Alaska Airlines is now selling tickets for flights from Everett's Paine Field beginning Feb. 11. The airline is kicking off ticket sales with special fares as low as $39 one way.In an unexpected move, Southwest Airlines also sent out a news release saying that it has decided not to fly out of Paine Field, transferring its slots to Alaska and keeping all of its area flights at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.