Mon, Jan 12, 2009
Opposing Snohomish County Councilmen Concede They're Powerless
To Stop It
Alaska Air affiliate Horizon Air has announced plans to provide
air service to Snohomish County's Paine Field (PAE), starting as
early as April 1.
The Everett, WA Daily Herald reports that Horizon Air seeks to
conduct six flights a day to begin with, including two flights to
Spokane and four connections to Portland. Formal negotiations with
County officials are likely to commence as early as next week.
Allegiant Air also revealed its intent to provide service to Las
Vegas, but did not disclose a timetable and has not yet requested
negotiations with the county.
Of course, the announcements drew opposition from some factions.
The nearby cities of Mukilteo, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace
and Woodway have been rallied by Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine against
the proposed increase in air traffic. Already a busy GA airport and
home to the Boeing Company, Paine Field averaged 376 operations
daily in 2008.
Marine urged opponents of the introduction of airline service
into the airport to not give up and accept it. "I hope they can
stick with it. It is not a done deal," he said. "The one thing that
will kill us is apathy." Marine said $250,000 has been set aside to
do battle in court.
Councilman Dave Gossett said that since the airport receives
federal funding, "we have obligations under federal law. We can't
prevent a carrier from going there. Whether commercial service is
at Paine Field is not a decision by the county. It is a decision by
the carriers and we have had two carriers who have made the
Although initially opposed to the idea, Councilman Brian
Sullivan conceded there is little that can be done. He added that
many area residents have become frustrated with using the
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and consider Paine Field a
preferable alternative, avoiding the travel distance and congestion
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