State commission is tasked with recommending location for a new airport

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Add runways to Paine Field?
The state legislature has formed a commission to recommend solutions to the overcrowding at SeaTac airport.

According to reporting by The Seattle Times, some of the options suggested at the first meeting included building an entirely new airport, located perhaps near Tacoma or Olympia.

Other discussions centered on adding runways to existing airports,
"... like Bremerton National Airport, Snohomish County’s Paine Field, Arlington Municipal Airport or McChord Field near Tacoma"

The commercial flights at Paine Field, next to Boeing Everett, have elicited mixed reactions locally. People who fly frequently are delighted at the ease of catching planes at Paine Field. The operation there is widely praised for being very customer friendly.

However, residents under the main flight path in Lake Forest Park and east Shoreline will not welcome anything that increases local air traffic.

The commission is just beginning its work.


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