Alaska Airlines planned to start commercial service at Seattle’s alternative airport on Feb. 11. Now operations at the small airport in Everett, Wash., have stalled because the workers needed to complete FAA requirements have been furloughed.
“Several key groups within the Federal Aviation Administration, which conduct crucial certification and oversight work required for the start of commercial air service at Paine Field, are subject to furloughs because of the government shutdown,” the airline announced in a blog post Tuesday.
Now Alaska is telling passengers who were supposed to fly between Feb. 11 and March 4 that they will be automatically booked on a Sea-Tac flight as close to their original flight times as possible.
Customers also may rebook their flights for a different date without penalty, or ask for a refund by calling (800) 252-7522.
Alaska’s service is expected to start March 4 for selected flights, with service to L.A. starting March 5 and to Orange County starting March 12.
Paine Field also will serve airports in Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland, Ore., San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose.
United Airlines service set to connect with hubs in Denver and San Francisco will begin March 31.