By Brian Soergel
The cities of Edmonds and Mukilteo, which have long opposed expanding commercial and passenger service at Paine Field, have filed a notice with the 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals in San Francisco to challenge a federal decision allowing more flights at the Everett airport.
“The City of Edmonds joined Mukilteo in its challenge to the environmental assessment for the opening of Paine Field to unlimited operations by scheduled airlines because both communities will be affected by noise and other impacts which have not been adequately analyzed or disclosed in the environmental assessment,” said Barbara Lichman, an attorney for Buchalter Nemer.
The Herald reports that the notice filed with the federal court of appeals could lead to a hearing in April. The cities of Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace have also gone on record as opposing the proposal to allow commercial service due to the resulting increased air traffic over their respective cities.
According to our online news partner The Seattle Times, both Allegiant Air and Alaska Airlines have expressed interest in flying in and out of the airport, which does not have a passenger terminal but plans to build one.
Before any commercial flights could begin, there would be a review by the State Environment Policy Act (SEPA), The Times reports.
Edmonds’ challenge to Paine Field comes as no surprise.
In September, the Edmonds City Council passed a resolution opposing commercial air passenger service after a Sept. 12 Federal Aviation Administration report “that failed to account for cumulative impacts from a potential increase in the number of future flights,” according to City of Edmonds Economic Development Director Stephen Clifton.
Clifton added that the expansion could jeopardize Boeing’s manufacturing, as well as the general aviation emphasis of Paine Field.
The resolution is the city’s sixth opposing expansion at Paine Field, following similar ones in 1995, two in 2005, one in 2008 and one in 2010.