Paine Field in Everett looks like it is closer to having commercial flights going in and out of it. A study put together by Thomas/Lane and Associates states that local business leaders are in favor of having air access, and that having commercial flights from Paine Field would be a significantly beneficial to the area’s economy.
The executive summary of the report on commercial flights at Paine Field was presented to the Everett City council at their last meeting. They are expected to review the full findings at the July 30th meeting.
“Looking into the future, scheduled commercial air service at Paine Field will help shift Everett’s economy away from its historical blue collar base and move it toward becoming a new economy type city.” The study states.
In recent months the debate over allowing commercial flights at Paine Field has come back around again as Allegiant Air proposed to start flying to Las Vegas twice a week. Allegiant has tagged Paine Field as an "excellent candidate" for small commercial flights. The debate of course is the increased noise and traffic. The resistance to allowing commercial flights has hit Federal resistance because as a Federally designated ‘public use’ airport, passenger service can not be limited or prohibited by the County. The catch of course is that they don’t have to promote it as well.
This all being said, I can not see that the expected 5 flights a day by small commuter planes is going to disrupt life to any great extent. I could definitely see some concern if the plans were to begin full scale jet traffic in and out of Paine Field, but that is likely never to happen. The benefits of commercial flights are impressive as well.
“The airport’s excellent infrastructure gives rise to industrial activity located both within and around Paine Field, and the total economic benefits of this activity are in the range of 35,000 to 40,000 jobs and over $2.5 Billion in wages and salaries.”
Considering the pressure from the Federal government and economic demand and benefits, I would not be surprised to see some level of commercial air traffic at Paine Field in the next few years. I have to admit it would make for easy escapes to Las Vegas!
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*A Bit Closer to Commercial flights at Paine Field!*