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Fresh Flights and Airport Upgrades

By Amanda Christensen

Alaska Airlines || Photo by Markus Mainka, courtesy of Adobe Stock

As you schedule flights for your next conference or event, planners and attendees alike will be pleased to know that airports across the Northwest are expanding their route options and making upgrades to terminals and concourses. In the Seattle area, Alaska Airlines has completed a $30 million renovation to its D Concourse Lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, now open and featuring 50% more seating and improved amenities, including a barista station and additional hot food options. 

Coming this fall and winter, Alaska Airlines is adding a new route just in time for the holiday event season. Service between Portland and Miami begins Nov. 17, taking off daily and available year-round with Miami becoming the fourth Florida city served nonstop from Portland.

Kenmore, Washington-based Kenmore Air has launched new daily land-based plane service to Victoria International Airport, adding to its current service portfolio of King County International Airport-Boeing Field just south of Seattle and Paine Field Airport in Snohomish County. And speaking of Paine Field, the airport has also announced new daily, direct Alaska Airlines service to Honolulu, Hawaii, beginning this November. Alaska currently flies to nine other destinations from Paine Field, including Anchorage, Alaska; Los Angeles, Orange County, Palm Springs, San Francisco, and San Diego, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Tucson, Arizona.