Private money giving US airports new lease of life

After years being known as the place where Boeing offers "North America's only publicly available commercial jet assembly plant tour", Paine Field, near Seattle, is finally set to offer air services to the public with a $54.4 million terminal built b
After years being known as the place where Boeing offers "North America's only publicly available commercial jet assembly plant tour", Paine Field, near Seattle, is finally set to offer air services to the public with a $54.4 million terminal built by Propeller Airports, a Seattle company.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

With public funding hard to come by, businesses are moving in to improve, run or own terminals

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.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 10, 2019, with the headline 'Private money giving US airports new lease of life'. Print Edition | Subscribe