Chair of group siting new WA airport sees Pierce, Thurston locations as ‘low probability’
From The Olympian:
The acting chairman of the Commercial Aviation Coordinating Commission said Wednesday that the planning group could make an airport site recommendation to the state sooner than expected but problems with the three locations under review made none likely to move forward.
During a virtual “drop-in session” intended to answer questions from the public, Warren Hendrickson addressed how realistic it is that any of the greenfield sites would be recommended by the CACC.
“I can only speak for myself as a non-voting member, but as the chair, I see low probability,” Hendrickson said.
As Hendrickson noted, ultimately the decision would be in the hands of the CACC’s voting membership, which stood at 11 people as of last month — many of whom come from established airlines and airports. There would need to be at least 12 members by the CACC’s next official meeting on March 2 to satisfy quorum requirements.
Created by the Washington state Legislature in 2019 to identify a site that could house the state’s next major airport, the commission is currently on a June deadline for giving its proposal. Hendrickson, who is the senior manager at Olympia Regional Airport, said it was possible that the group’s recommendation happens in March.
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