Allegiant Air backs out of Paine Field passenger service

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Paine fieldEVERETT — Passenger air service at Everett’s Paine Field appears further away than recently thought, as Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air refused to agree to Snohomish County’s terms for building and operating a passenger terminal.

According to the Everett Herald, Allegiant Air wanted to build a terminal on free land essentially given to the airline from the Everett airport, a stipulation the Snohomish County Council could not agree to. Under Allegiant’s plan, the county could not control construction, leases and other facets of the terminal. The land gifted to the airport would be under complete control of Allegiant, and a portion of the concessions and sales would be given back to the county.

The three county commissioners reportedly agreed that gifting land to Allegiant without a lease could put the county in a precarious legal position, and perhaps give the airline an unfair advantage over competitors.

“If Allegiant were to somehow run the terminal to its advantage over other airlines, the county could be found liable, under federal law, for discrimination,” Camp told the Herald.

Alaska Airlines has also previously showed interest in operating commercial flights out of Paine Field, but not unless another airline carrier came in first, the Herald reported. Officials from Alaska expressed concern about Allegiant Air operating its own terminal with little county oversight.

Both proponents and opponents of bringing commercial flights to the local airport agreed the news was a setback for those looking for commercial flights out of Paine, it did not mean a deal was truly dead. Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine — an opponent of bringing passenger travel to the area — said the deal could always come back to life.

“It’s like the vampire, it’s never dead,” Marine said.

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  • TLO

    In the long run, this community is better off without Allegiant Airlines. They are a sub par airline with horrendous flight delays and horrible customer service. As this article shows, their only concern is making a profit. They are so greedy, in fact, that apparently even the president of the company, Andrew Levy, has refused to refund charges my mother incurred for a flight this coming September, even though she died in May, almost 5 months before her flight. Regardless of their company policy, which includes no allowances for bereavement, the only right thing to do is refund all charges and resell her ticket to someone who can actually use it.