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Briefs: Seattle gets another airport; TSA’s PreCheck comes to Alaska

In airport news this week, the Federal Aviation Administration has cleared the way for another Seattle-area airport to start accepting commercial flights; the Transportation Security Administration has expanded its PreCheck trusted traveler program to another airport; and a Texas airport adds valet parking services.

  • The FAA has approved commercial airline service from Seattle’s Paine Field, according to the Seattle Times newspaper. The airport is north of the city, near suburban Everett and Mukilteo; it is also known as Snohomish County Airport. The newspaper notes that both Alaska Airlines and Allegiant Airlines might be interested in flying out of Paine Field, but it adds that no new flights are likely to start there in the near future. For one thing, the newspaper said, the FAA decision is likely to be challenged in court; and for another, the airport has no passenger terminal.

  • The Transportation Security Administration said it has added Anchorage International Airport in Alaska to its PreCheck trusted traveler program. The new PreCheck lane is located at the airport’s South Checkpoint, and is open to participating members of the frequent flyer programs of Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, United and US Airways. PreCheck is also available to members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection trusted traveler plans like Global Entry.

  • Houston’s Hobby Airport has teamed up with USA Parking System to start offering a valet parking service to passengers. The same company introduced valet parking last summer at Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport. The valet parking service costs $25 a day, although this month the service is specially priced at $20 a day at both airports.

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