Paine Field Temporarily Suspends Commercial Flights

By Kurt Stolz on 23 May 2020
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Seattle, Washington

Paine Field, a small international airport that serves the Seattle area, will temporarily suspend commercial flights, the airport’s operator, Propeller Airports, said Friday.

The move will allow the airport to accelerate planned maintenance and repairs that would have taken over four months to complete had the airfield remained open.  Passenger service will resume on August 1, 2020.

“The travel industry has never faced an economic challenge of this magnitude,” said Brett Smith, the airport’s CEO. “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.”

In April, the airport was among the first to install an elevated non-invasive fever detection system at its passenger terminal.

Paine Field, also known as Snohomish County Airport, first began passenger service in 1939.  It is the site of Boeing’s Everett assembly plant that was part of the 747 program.  Passenger service resumed at the airport in 2019, with flights operated by Alaska and United airlines.

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