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Commercial Aviation Coordinating Commission online open house – Existing airports under study

During Phase 1, the CACC evaluated numerous airports and then identified six airport locations with potential to meet some of the demand for air cargo, commercial passenger service, or general aviation. Those airports were Arlington Municipal Airport, Bremerton National Airport, Snohomish County (Paine Field) Airport, Sanderson Field, Ed Carlson Memorial Field, and Tacoma Narrows Airport.

Of those airports, only Bremerton National and Paine Field were determined to have potential for additional air cargo capacity or commercial passenger service.

Bremerton National Airport

During Phase 1, the CACC identified Bremerton National as having potential to provide additional air cargo capacity. Bremerton Nationalis the largest airport on the Kitsap peninsula and provides general aviation service. It has a 6,000-foot by 150-foot runway.

Aerial view of Bremerton National Airport
Credit: Port of Bremerton

Bremerton National Airport could provide additional general aviation aircraft storage capacity and expand business aviation support. Commission members indicated an interest in providing air cargo capacity at Bremerton. However, the airport is 32 miles (a 45-minute drive) from Tacoma, the closest dense population center.

Should Bremerton National and nearby infrastructure be improved to help meet air cargo demand? Select one

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Snohomish County (Paine Field) Airport

During Phase 1, the CACC identified Paine Field as having potential to provide additional commercial passenger service and air cargo capacity. The airport currently provides passenger and general aviation service from one 9,010-foot by 150-foot runway. Paine Field began offering passenger service in March 2019, connecting to destinations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Colorado.

Aerial view of Paine Field
Credit: KOMO Photo

Paine Field is currently limited by infrastructure constraints as to the number of passengers it can service per day. Air cargo industry partners have indicated that Paine Field is a possibility for additional air cargo service, with FedEx operating there. With passenger service already provided, it is likely that airlines could support additional service and associated cargo flown in the belly of passenger aircraft.

Should Paine Field and nearby infrastructure be improved to help meet commercial passenger services? Select one

Please provide any explanation you wish to share

Should Paine Field and nearby infrastructure be improved to help meet air cargo demand? Select one

Please provide any explanation you wish to share

If Paine Field were to provide additional passenger and/or air cargo service, are there things the airport should consider when planning for expansion?

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