An Alaska E175 at Paine Field (Photo: Alaska Airlines)

Alaska Postpones Paine Field Launch as Government Shutdown Continues

As a consequence of the government shutdown, Alaska Airlines has announced that it will postpone the start of operations from Paine Field to March 4, three weeks later than the originally scheduled date of February 11. Dubbed as a "tough decision" in a company statement released on January 22, the carrier thinks it is the "responsible" thing to do, as the recently opened terminal still needs to get several governmental agencies approvals and certifications, but the staff that could advance…