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Paine Field flights suspended until Aug. 1

Propeller Airports investing in significant infrastructure improvements

Series: Coronavirus | Story 180

Last updated 5/18/2020 at 6:34pm

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Paine Field in Everett.

Propeller Airports and Snohomish County announced that passenger service at Paine Field will be temporarily suspended from May 22 through July 31 for aircraft ramp maintenance and repairs.

Due to a significant decrease in passenger numbers both at Paine Field and nationwide, the airport is taking advantage of this opportunity to expedite the time needed to complete essential safety work by months.

The maintenance and repair projects were originally scheduled to be completed in a phased approach over a four-month period.

In a news release, Propeller said "the ability to perform these upgrades all at once, avoiding passenger inconvenience, is significantly more efficient and will allow the terminal to be better positioned to serve Puget Sound, Everett and the surrounding communities when service resumes later this summer."

The schedule for this maintenance work has been coordinated with Alaska Airlines and United Airlines and approved by the FAA.

Paine Field's passenger terminal opened in 2019 and served more than 1 million travelers just prior to its first anniversary, making it the fastest growing airport in the nation. The airport previously had five scheduled daily departures, down from 24 before the COVID-19 pandemic.

When service resumes, it is fully expected that 24 daily departures will return to the airport.

"The travel industry has never faced an economic challenge of this magnitude," said Brett Smith, CEO of Propeller Airports, which designed, built and financed the terminal through a public-private partnership with Snohomish County. "We are going to use this temporary disruption to the advantage of Paine Field and our airline partners by completing necessary infrastructure improvements faster than we would have been able to while the terminal was open and flight operations were taking place."

Paine Field opened for passenger service on March 4, 2019. Over the past year, more than 8,560 flights have departed to 11 nonstop destinations, over 150,000 cars have been parked, and more than 1,022,046 passengers served.


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