UPDATE: A reliever airport in the South Sound
+ KING-5 TV, Seattle: Enumclaw community opposes possible new commercial airport in Southeast King County – Sea-Tac is on track to exceed its capacity by 2050, prompting state lawmakers to look for a new location for a commercial airport.
+ The JOLT News: Ready for a major airport south of Yelm Highway? In less than two weeks, the State will choose one of three sites they want to create an airport the size of SeaTac. A location near Rainier in Thurston County is one of them.
Where will Washington’s new airport be? Locals are fighting against one of the options
From The Olympian:
An area on the border of Pierce and King counties is being considered as a potential site for an airport, and many locals are fighting against that possibility.
“We’ve got some of the last and best farmland in … the Puget Sound area. It’s very productive farmland that would essentially be destroyed,” said Tim O’Brien, president of the Enumclaw Plateau Community Association.
The Commercial Aviation Coordinating Commission – created by the state Legislature – must recommend a location that could house a new airport facility as Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will soon reach capacity, according to the state Department of Transportation’s website.
Sea-Tac typically serves 50 million passengers per year, according to a study from the Puget Sound Regional Council. Come 2050, that number will increase as the population and jobs continue to grow in the region.
Two types of locations are considered in this process: “greenfield locations” and existing airports. Greenfield locations are undeveloped land where a new airport would be constructed from the ground up.