FAA sees no major problems with commercial flights at Paine Field


by KING 5 News


Posted on September 14, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 9:45 PM

Adding commercial flight operations to Everett's Paine Field would not pose a significant noise problem or worsen traffic near the airport, the Federal Aviation Administration concludes in a final environmental assessment report released Friday morning.

Supporters want to build a passenger terminal at the airport that would service Horizon and Allegiant airline flights to Portland, Spokane and Las Vegas.

No public hearings are planned, but the public will have 30 days to submit comments about the new report.  

Some Everett residents aren't happy about the prospect of more air traffic near local neighborhoods.

"When I heard it on the news this morning, I'm sure that FAA is going to, it's a done deal. And I don't think there's anything we can do about it," said Jeri Sackett.

"We like it here, yeah. But who knows,” said Dave Peterson. “If this goes through we'll probably make some other arrangements.”

Others said they were excited to have passenger service nearby.

"It's worth it to us,” said Tatyana Bateyko, who has several frequent fliers in her family.

Bateyko and her sister have eight young kids between them, and she said they’re already used to airplane noise. “We're kind of use to the sound, the Boeing sound. So it's not going to make a difference for us. So I like this idea.”

The FAA report states there would be no significant change to noise as a result of adding commercial flights at the airport, which is home to Boeing's largest assembly line and is used by private plane owners.

The report also says the impact on traffic in the area would be less than 1/10th of a mile per hour,

Supporters say the commercial flights could be an economic driver in the area, while others worry about the impact and potential conflict with Boeing.

The FAA is expected to give a final answer about commercial flights at Paine Field at the end of November.

To read the report or leave a comment, visit the Paine Field website.

Reporting by KING 5's Elisa Hahn and Jake Whittenberg, and KING5.com's Elizabeth Wiley.