The start of commercial air service at Paine Field could be delayed by renewed Federal Aviation Administration scrutiny. The FAA could not say how extensive the study might be.
However, supplemental environmental assessments typically take six to 18 months. The Daily Herald called the FAA’s decision “a surprise move.” Paine Field spokesman Scott North said commercial passenger operations “will begin when the FAA completes its regulatory process. If the FAA approves it, we expect operations to begin late in 2018.”
Located about 25 miles north of Seattle, Everett’s Paine Field does not currently have commercial passenger airline service. But Boeing already is a busy airport that’s well known in aviation circles. Boeing’s large aircraft has a heavy flight schedule at the airport, which also hosts some private general aviation flying.
The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is about 40 miles south of Paine Field. The move to add essential service would essentially make Paine Field a small, secondary airport for Seattle fliers, especially those living north of the city.
Among the current plans for commercial service there, Alaska Airlines was first of the three to announce plans for Everett. It wants to fly 13 daily flights connecting Paine Field to eight destinations includes Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County/Santa Ana, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose.
United would fly from Everett with a schedule of six daily flights to be split between its Denver and San Francisco hubs. Southwest would add five daily flights essentially taking up the last of the available flight capacity plained for Paine Field as a new passenger terminal is built there.
Theo O’Farrell was born and raised in Summerside. As a journalist Theo has contributed to CBC News Blog, The Calgary Herald and Buzz Feed. In regards to academics, Theo earned his sociology degree from Queens. Theor covers local news and culture stories here at Island Daily Tribune.