I’ll just be acute as an aviation photographer behind AvgeekJoe Productions and somebody who’s suffered through the Central Whidbey land use fiasco around Naval Outlying Field Coupeville (OLF Coupeville): Before any final decisions are made about commercial air service to Paine Field, the Snohomish County Council should actively consult with Community Transit, the city of Mukilteo, and various Paine Field tenants before approving this 30-year lease option.
Two major concerns in my mind: Community Transit currently has no plan to provide additional service to Paine Field to alleviate traffic by serving the 275,000-plus annual visitors to the Future of Flight, for one. So, obviously if Community Transit cannot serve the Future of Flight, Community Transit will snottily not serve a Paine Field terminal, meaning more traffic. For two, with commercial service will be more bureaucracy and regulation, which without ample community consultation could endanger the blooming aviation tourist industry of Paine Field I commute to.
Finally, I salute Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson for standing up for the economic activity and aviation action only Paine Field’s economic ecosystem provides a grateful state. Having local political support is vital to compatible land use for an airport.