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Planning for Regional Commercial Airport Capacity. PSRC Report to the Paine Field MRD Review Panel March 2, 2006. Flight Plan Process (1992). Sponsors : PSRC & Port of Seattle Goals : -Evaluate demand and regional alternatives

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Planning for regional commercial airport capacity

Planning for Regional Commercial Airport Capacity

PSRC Report to the Paine Field MRD Review PanelMarch 2, 2006

Flight plan process 1992

Flight Plan Process (1992)

  • Sponsors: PSRC & Port of Seattle

  • Goals:

    -Evaluate demand and regional alternatives

    -Develop a solution to meet the region’s needs to the year 2020 and beyond

  • Recommended a multiple airport system:

    -Build a 3rd runway at Sea-Tac . . . and

    -Develop major supplemental airport(s) (eliminated Paine Field as a preferred alt.)


Major supplemental airport study

Major Supplemental Airport Study

  • Studied potential for locating a major supplemental airport in the region (an airport which could accommodate two independent parallel runways of 10,000 feet)

  • Findings (Resolution EB-04-01):

    -No feasible site was found

    -Reaffirmed the 3rd runway at Sea-Tac

    -Requested the state begin a process to address long range airport capacity needs


Resolution a 96 02

Resolution A-96-02

  • Added planning for a 3rd runway at Sea-Tac

  • Included 31 Action Steps be taken by:

    -Port of Seattle


    -Highline School District

    -King County


  • Asked State to Conduct a Capacity Study


Regional policies plans

Regional Policies & Plans

  • Affirm third runway at Sea-Tac

  • Support Sea-Tac Airport master plan

  • Air cargo improvements (SEA & BFI)

  • Need for additional capacity beyond SEA




Boeing Field Proposals

60-85 daily departures100 daily departures

8 gates8-13 gates

Parking structureParking structure

$130 million$150 million



Major issues

Major Issues


  • Airlines who stay

  • Financial impacts

  • Other commitments (transportation projects)

Boeing Field

  • Investments required

  • Noise

  • Traffic, air quality, etc.

  • Existing tenants

Customer Service

  • Southwest effect (price, routes, competition)


  • Other airline proposals

  • Airspace


Faa policy

FAA Policy

  • Grant Assurance 22 (economic non-discrimination):

    SECTION a:“It [the airport sponsor] will make the airport available as an airport for public use on reasonable terms and without unjust discrimination to all types, kinds and classes of aeronautical activities, including commercial aeronautical activities offering services to the public at the airport.”

    SECTION i:"The [airport] sponsor may prohibit or limit any given type, kind or class of aeronautical use of the airport if such action is necessary for the safe operation of the airport or necessary to serve the civil aviation needs of the public." (Note: the FAA must approve any such limitations proposed by an airport sponsor).


King county decision

King County Decision

  • Two competing proposals

    - Southwest Airlines

    - Alaska Airlines

  • Noise and traffic impacts (combined proposals)

  • Public investment (combined proposals)

  • Insufficient space to accommodate both

  • Would not choose one airline over the other


Status of airport capacity

Status of Airport Capacity

  • Terminal expansion (2004-5)

  • Third runway (2009)

  • Sea-Tac Capacity: 550,000 flights / 45 million PAX

  • Comprehensive Development Plan: Sea-Tac may reach capacity by 2021

  • Statewide capacity study underway


Statewide airport capacity study

Statewide Airport Capacity Study

Regional Council Roles

  • Consultant Selection

  • Project Scoping

  • Technical Committee

  • Policy Review


Psrc information contacts

PSRC Information & Contacts

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  • Stephen B. Kiehl, Senior Planner


  • Charlie Howard, Transportation Planning Director



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