The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce its decision Monday on passenger airline service at Everett's Paine Field. Sources say it's all but a done deal.
An environmental review in September found that adding 23 commercial flights a day by 2018 would not significantly increase noise, traffic or air pollution.
Two airlines asked for permission in 2008 to fly from the owned airport. Allegiant Air currently plans to run flights between Everett and Las Vegas. Horizon Air has officially backed out of the deal, taking with it flights to Spokane and Portland.
The first commercial flight is likely at least a year away.
There are already nearly flights 300 a day at Paine Field, mostly small planes but plenty of big Boeing airliners, as well.
Paine Field is owned by Snohomish County and already handles wide body jets from the nearby Boeing factory, but neighbors have objected to regular commercial service.