Sunday, December 09, 2012

Commercial air service for Snohomish County Airport/Paine Field (KPAE), Everett, Washington

December 9, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Commercial air service for Paine Field

Posted by Letters coordinator

Expansion for the future

I was pleased to hear that the FAA is moving close to approving Paine Field as a commercial airfield. [“Paine Field taxis toward takeoff,” Opinion, Dec. 6].

According to a 2009 report by the Port of Seattle, Horizon Air, the regional subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, accounts for over 14 percent of passengers traveling through the airport. The proposed terminal would only serve a few destinations, but I believe it prudent to consider further expansion of Paine Field into the future regional hub for local flights.

As stated in the editorial, the airport functions well, the FAA has deemed future additional traffic to have no significant impact regarding pollution or noise and, most important, the framework of the airport itself already exists.

The quickly expanding Seattle metro area alone contains 3.5 million people; as the population increases, so will air-travel demand. So why not offer those 14 percent of travelers, especially North Sound residents for whom travel to Sea-Tac Airport may require several hours, the option to avoid the crush of a crowded airport?

Furthermore, Sea-Tac Airport would be able to use the vacated space and time for additional large-scale flights and any jobs created by commercializing Paine Field would be universally appreciated.

—Owen Freed, Seattle

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