When Paine Field, about 40km north of Seattle in Everett, Washington state, was born in the 1930s as a New Deal project, it was envisioned as a major commercial airport for the region. But that never happened. Instead, it became known as the place where Boeing offers "North America's only publicly available commercial jet assembly plant tour".
That is about to change. Thanks to private investment, Paine Field is finally set to offer air services to the public. A sleek, new, US$40 million (S$54.4 million) two-gate terminal was built by Propeller Airports, a Seattle company, and commercial flights are set to take off this month.