Paine Field Airport resumes limited commercial flights
By Mario Lotmore | Lynnwood Times Staff
EVERETT, Wash., August 1, 2020 – Today, Paine Field Airport resumed commercial flights with a limited schedule. Currently, United Airline resumed one daily flight on to/from Denver and Alaska Airlines has two daily flights each to/from Las Vegas and Phoenix.
Propeller Airports, which operates the passenger terminal, announced in May that it will suspend passenger service from May 22 through July 31, 2020 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 this essential safety work by months,” according to the Propeller Airport’s May 15 press release.
Paine Field opened for passenger service on March 4, 2019. Over the past year, more than 8,560 flights have departed to 11 non-stop destinations with more than 1,022,046 passengers served.
In her Facebook post today, Franklin recognized the COVID safety measures airport staff took to protect air travelers.
U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen flew in on today’s first flight to arrive to the airport. Larsen was returning from Washington D.C.
To welcome passengers travel back to Snohomish County, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, City of Everett, Mayor Cassie Franklin, Propeller Airports CEO Brett Smith joined Larsen on the tarmac. They discussed air travel safety, the impact of COVID-19 on airport operations and Larsen shared information on the upcoming federal pandemic relief package.
“I am very happy to have the terminal at Paine Field up and running again. If you have to fly, I cannot imagine a safer place to do so from,” Somers told the Lynnwood Times.