The Paine Field Master Plan is a comprehensive study and describes the short-, medium-, and long-term development plans to meet future aviation demand over the next 20 years.
The Puget Sound region is one of the fastest growing in the United States. The area in which most Paine Field customers live added 500,000 people to its population between 2009 and 2019. We expect this growth to drive increased demand for many sectors of aviation activity. Paine Field accounts for 158,227 total jobs and $59.9 billion in economic output as of 2018, compared to the statewide airport impact of 407,000 jobs and $107 billion in economic impact, and SeaTac’s impact of 151,000 jobs and $22.47 billion in economic revenue. Paine Field is the largest economic driver in the County.
* as of 2018
The recent start of passenger service means there have been major changes at the airport since 2019. Because there is little historic data to compare to, the Master Plan team reviewed the Puget Sound region’s economy and air service market as well as other “secondary market” airports to forecast demand.
Boeing is the major employer at Paine Field, employing approximately 30,000 people. This workforce supports a variety of Boeing's operations, including aircraft fabrication and production, product development, and aviation safety and security and aircraft certifications. Other businesses at Paine Field include paint hangars, Boeing’s customer delivery center, as well as aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul. Advances in aviation technology have also brought new players to the aviation manufacturing industry, with leaders in electric aviation like magniX and Eviation locating in Snohomish County.
FedEx has started operations at Paine Field, bringing increased air cargo service to the airport.
Recent studies indicate that Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) will likely reach capacity during the next 20 years. Sea-Tac is planning short-term and long-term projects to increase capacity, but Paine Field has the potential to attract additional passenger service and cargo activity as Sea-Tac becomes more crowded.
Paine Field Airport is vital to the quality of life and economic sustainability of Snohomish County’s residents. As our region continues to grow, we rely on a strategic framework, the Airport Master Plan, that guides development of the airport. To receive updates about the Airport master planning process, please sign up below.
As of 2018, Paine Field (PAE) supports 158,227 jobs and has a total economic impact/business revenue of $59.9 billion annually. It has the highest economic impact of any airport in the state of Washington.
The airport has two parallel runways for arrivals and departures: Runway 16L/34R serves general aviation aircraft, while the 9,010-foot-long Runway 16R/34L accommodates large jet aircraft, up to and including the largest aircraft in the world.
In its first 12 months of service, the privately-owned and operated commercial passenger terminal at PAE welcomed approximately 1 million passengers. These passengers were utilizing the 24 arrivals and 24 departures each day before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted air travel.
Paine Field serves an average of 315 aircraft operations per day (general aviation, Boeing, and commercial air service), and it is home to approximately 509 general aviation based aircraft.
During times of emergency, say an earthquake or other natural disaster, Paine Field provides much-needed transportation capacity and flexibility for government planners.
An Airport Master Plan is a long-range planning document that recommends a strategy for development of airport land and facilities. The plan’s goal is to prepare the county’s airport to support the needs of the future. The plan will also ensure the airport balances our economic, environmental, and social values.
The Master Plan is informed by Snohomish County residents, government agencies, chambers of commerce, civic groups, environmental organizations, business leaders, and others with an interest in the airport. The Master Plan will ultimately be approved by County Executive and the Snohomish County Council, and then submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for acceptance. The current Paine Field Master Plan was adopted by the Snohomish County Council on December 4, 2002 and accepted by the FAA on November 13, 2003.
Paine Field Airport, which is owned and operated by Snohomish County on behalf of its residents, values our community, and we need your input as we develop a plan for the coming decades. Public outreach will occur at key milestones during the project to enable the public to review and comment. In addition, this website will provide informational updates as the plan is developed and will include ways for the public to provide ongoing input.
Developing the Master Plan is a two-phase process that we expect to take two and a half years, if all goes according to plan, concluding in 2022.
Phase One, which began in 2020, includes information gathering and study. We’ll use the information we gather to develop options for how the airport can develop over the next 20 years. These ideas will be developed into preliminary alternatives and then we’ll determine requirements for those alternatives for consideration.
During Phase One, we’ll engage with the community through open houses as well as website updates and other information sharing.
During Phase Two, we’ll evaluate the preliminary alternatives and come up with a single preferred alternative. Once a preferred alternative has been identified, we’ll study environmental impacts, implementation scenarios, and projected finances for the alternative.
During this phase, we’ll also engage with the community through public meetings, post updates to this website, and host online open houses.
You can follow along with our progress by signing up for email updates.
There are three primary committees that will help develop the Master Plan: the Steering Committee, the Stakeholder Advisory Committee, and the Technical Committee.
The role of the Steering Committee is to guide Snohomish County’s goals and priorities for the airport and provide ongoing policy and strategic guidance throughout the Master Plan process. The Steering Committee includes members from Paine Field, the Port of Everett, and business leaders.
The Stakeholder Advisory Committee is an advisory committee comprised of key aviation stakeholders such as major tenants, local businesses, representatives from the community, and technical experts. Its purpose is to provide a venue for members to communicate issues of key interest and provide informed feedback regarding the purpose and scope of the Master Plan. The Stakeholder Advisory Committee represents a broad range of airport/aviation/community interests, and its members will have specific technical knowledge regarding the airport and/or community they serve.
The Technical Committee is comprised of senior airport staff and the consultant team. The committee’s primary role is to provide technical input and review of the various technical documents.
This website will share information and updates as the plan is developed, including invitations for public participation in online open houses. Please join our mailing list to receive updates.
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