Commercial flights should be allowed

I am writing in response to Brian Kelly’s article “Seattle flights to go to Paine Field” (April 13).

Paine Field is a commercial airport with airlines flying aircraft in for scheduled maintenance. I worked for Alaska Airlines for a number of years and Alaska’s heavy maintenance overhauls have been done at Goodrich Corp. since the fall of 2004. Boeing flies aircraft out of the airport regularly.

Did the people who purchased property around the airport expect anything other than airplanes flying in and out of Paine Field? I lived near Seattle-Tacoma airport for a number of years until moving to Snohomish County. I only looked at property that was far enough away from Paine Field to be relieved of aircraft noise. At least today’s aircraft don’t produce the decibel shattering noise that the older aircraft produced back in the days of the 707 and 727.

One of these days, an airline is going to see that there is a viable market just waiting to be served out of Paine Field. I don’t know how Allegiant Air is doing with its operation out of Bellingham, but I imagine airlines would see high demand if they started service here in Everett. I am all for the development of Paine Field and have a suggestion for anyone who is offended by the noise:

* Get yourself some earplugs.

* If it gets unbearable, put your property on the market and move.

Danielle Parsons


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