With a recent negotiation between Snohomish County and Propeller Airports, proposed commercial flights are once again a regional water cooler topic. The agreement would allow Propeller Airports to build a terminal and parking to support a 4-5 flight per day service to other regional destinations. County Executive Jon Lovick recommended approving an option to lease, to allow Propeller to have a two-gate terminal. The County Council is scheduled to vote on March 2nd. Should the vote receive the nod from the Council, Propeller will still be waiting for a ruling on an appeal in the Ninth Circuit. The appeal was placed because of the FAA’s decision to allow passenger air service out of Paine Field. To date, the lawsuit has been stayed.
Although Snohomish County stands opposed to commercial service at Paine Field, they are federally required to negotiate with interested companies. County Council members are divided on the issue as well, so the March 2nd vote will be closely watched.
On a related note, Save Our Communities is a non-profit organization that opposes scheduled commercial service at Paine Field, while at the same time, supports aerospace manufacturing and general aviation. One of their goals is to encourage the county to slow down the process, perform due diligence on the ramifications of commercial flights for the communities directly and indirectly affected by flight paths, air quality, noise and much more.
Stay tuned. It will be interesting.