Below are reasons why now is the time to send letters, e-mails and phone calls to the Snohomish County Council and Executive urging them to reject subsidy requests from Allegiant or any other airline.
Mayor Marine provided an update on the legal challenge regarding Commercial Flight at Paine Field. In the past month, the attorney representing Mukilteo filed a Reply Brief in October to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Brief pointed out numerous flaws in the FAA’s environmental assessment highlighting that the FAA chose to ignore higher operational level forecasts and maximum terminal capacity levels. Remember that FAA rules don’t allow for commercial service restrictions beyond capacity and safety rules. The Brief is very compelling and the city is hopeful the court will choose to intervene. SOC concurs and will continue to push for a comprehensive and objective study that identifies all direct and indirect impacts and mitigation. Mitigation costs can and should be incorporated into any rate negotiations with airlines and we have the FAA letter that states this can be done.
Mayor Marine also reported that in his most recent communication with the County Executive’s office he learned the Allegiant Airlines is again expressing interest. We know Allegiant’s business model does not support fully paying all direct and indirect costs but instead seeks to essentially be subsidized or in this case they seek to monopolize terminal operation and revenue by seeking County approval for Allegiant to build and/or operate a terminal. The County must continue to reject these proposals and any form of subsidy whatsoever. The County position is to discourage a change in the airport role to accommodate commercial service and they need to implement that position by refusing to subsidize an airline.
This update from Mayor Marine is a good reminder to continue to send letters, e-mails and phone calls to the County Council and Executive urging them to reject subsidy requests from Allegiant or any other airline and to join Mukilteo and SOC in calling for a legal and comprehensive study to truly identify all impacts and mitigation of any scenario to start up commercial service. There will be new county council members after the election so this can be an important reminder to send to the current council and then again to new council members once we know who they are.
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