Paine Field takes flight

Regional Aviation Baseline Study

Flights debuted at Paine Field on Monday, March 4, 2019.

Up to 24 flights a day are planned by Alaska and United airlines from the two gates at the new terminal.

“Snohomish County’s Paine Field is already the economic engine of the county and adding commercial air service will make us much more attractive for businesses looking to invest and for tourists wanting to visit the Pacific Northwest,” said Snohomish County Executive and PSRC President Dave Somers. “It will also be extraordinarily convenient for our residents.”

This is the first expansion of conventional commercial flight service to be offered outside of Sea-Tac International Airport. Kenmore Air offers smaller scale commercial flights from airports in South Lake Union, Kenmore and at Boeing Field connecting to northern Pacific Northwest destinations.

PSRC has begun a Regional Aviation Baseline Study to provide a clear picture of the aviation activities and needs in the region and set the stage for future planning efforts.

Aviation plays a critical role for people and businesses in the growing central Puget Sound region, which is currently home to 29 airports of varied sizes and functions.

Along with the region’s population and job growth, air passenger traffic and cargo volumes have reached record levels and are expected to increase.

Continued, coordinated planning is essential for ensuring that the regional airport system can support existing and future demand.