Seattle’s 2nd Airport (PAE) Now Taking Reservations!

Paine Field opens up to commercial flights in February and you can now book flights on Alaska.

Seattle has been in need of a 2nd airport for some time. The Port of Seattle now recommends arriving 2 hour early for domestic flights due to long security wait times.

Those in other large cities (SF, LA, NY, etc.) know the luxury of choosing your departure airport for purposes of geography, price, convenience and more. I’m also a fan of the tiny airports that make flying out of so much easier (Santa Rosa, Burbank…)

It remains to be seen if flying in/out of here is actually convenient but some quick mapping for flight around rush hour makes it appears like it might work out.

Paine Field – Door to Gate: 3 hours

  • Drive to Kingston (59 mins)
  • Parking/Buffer Time (20 mins)
  • Ferry (30 mins)
  • Uber or Lyft to Airport (30 mins)
  • Time to clear security (45 mins?)

SeaTac – Door to Gate: 3:50

  • Drive to Airport: 1.5 hrs


  • Parking: 20 mins
  • Security: 2 hours

As for parking at the Kingston Ferry:

There are 238 parking spaces available for public use and 13 spaces for individuals with disabilities. Currently the regular daily parking fee is $6.00 per 12 hour increments or $12.00 for 24 hours. The machines are capable of accepting multiple days in one transaction­-up to 14 consecutive days. – Port of Kingston

In comparison, parking at Seatac will set you back $30/day for parking at the gate. Offsite parking is ~$15 + taxes/fees.

For the right destination/flight time, this may just make sense one day for me. I suspect those more north in the Kitsap Peninsula it will make even more sense.

Also, if I’m ever coming from my office, this will sit me square in the middle for travel times. From my office the commute times are 30 mins (16.5mi) to SEA and 37 mins (27.3)  to PAE?? My company also runs shuttles to nearby locations up north so I figure a Shuttle + Uber/Lyft from there might be both reasonable in cost and time.


Could be crazy. Could make sense who knows. I wonder if I can make a lockjaw make sense.

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