Alaska Airlines asks trial court to examine Seattle ordinance

Alaska Airlines, Filo Foods, BF Foods and the Washington Restaurant Association have filed a motion in King County Superior Court asking the trial court to hear evidence on whether the city of SeaTac´s Proposition 1 ordinance interferes with the Port of Seattle´s authority to run the airport.

In August, the Washington state Supreme Court issued its opinion on Proposition 1 and, as part of the usual legal process, sent the case back to King County Superior Court for further proceedings in accordance with the Supreme Court´s decision.

When the Supreme Court issued its opinion over the summer, it created a new standard for evaluating the ordinance. However, when the Proposition 1 case was first brought before the Superior Court in 2013, the lower court ruled on summary judgment and did not use the Supreme Court´s new standard. The Superior Court instead heard legal arguments on whether the airport could, as a matter of state law, be regulated by the city in which it´s located, not on the ordinance´s impact to airport operations.

Following any Superior Court determination on whether Proposition 1 relates to airport operations, either party then would have the right to reengage the appeal process.

Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with its partner regional airlines, serves more than 100 cities through an expansive network in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico.