FAA's final report on Paine Field proposal expected Monday

FAA's final report on Paine Field proposal expected Monday »Play Video
EVERETT, Wash. -- Will more flights using Boeing's Paine Field be a boon or a bust?

That's the question the Federal Aviation Administration will address in its final environmental determination, which will be delivered to the Snohomish County Council on Monday.

The review will be the FAA's final assessment of the proposal, and council member John Koster says the council must deliberate on the proposal before any decision is made.

But if the plan moves forward, Allegiant Air reportedly wants to schedule four commercial flights each week, and increase service from the county-owned airport.

The controversy over potentially adding commercial planes seems to boil down to three issues for most people: business, noise and traffic.

But some welcome the idea of a busier airport in the area. Among them is Angel Strecker, owner of Mukilteo's Speedway Cafe. The eatery sits on one of the town's busiest streets and at end of a runway.

"We have planes flying directly over us," he said.

The rumble of the takeoffs and landings adds to the ambiance at the cafe. But perhaps the business could get an even bigger piece of the action if more planes flew in and out of Paine Field, bringing more travelers hungry for good food.

"It definitely will be a boon to us, that's for sure," Strecker said.

But not everyone is happy to greet more flights.

Sara Smeby worries adding 20 or more commercial flights over the next few years would negatively impact Mukilteo residents' quality of life.

"The added traffic, the transitory nature of air travel, things like that would diminish the community," she said.

Smeby worries more air traffic could damage the small-town feel of the community.
"The added traffic, the transitory nature of air travel, things like that would diminish the community," she said.

Smeby worries more air traffic could damage the small-town feel of the community.

"Once there are four flights a day, what's to stop (the airport) from (scheduling) eight flights a day?" she said.

If anyone opposes the FAA's findings, the proposal could end up in court. If there is no opposition, it will be up to the council to decide.