The search for a second airport to ease crowds at Sea-Tac has kicked off — again. What do you want to know?
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November 3, 2019 - by Katherine Khashimova Long for seattletimes.com
Sea-Tac's growing pains are clear to anyone who's recently traveled through the airport.
Standstill freeway traffic. Backups at security. Gate shortages. Lines of planes stalled on the tarmac.
This spring, state lawmakers decreed that enough is enough.
Puget Sound, they said, needs a new airport.
But should the state build a brand new airport close to Tacoma or Olympia? Or should it just add a runway to an existing facility, like Bremerton National Airport, Snohomish County's Paine Field, Arlington Municipal Airport or McChord Field near Tacoma?
Those were some of the options floated at Wednesday's inaugural meeting of a 26-member commission tasked by the legislature with recommending a location for a new airport by 2022 — arguably the most important decision in the long road to relieving the burden of air traffic at Sea-Tac.
For longtime Puget Sound residents, the discussion over a second airport may feel like déjà vû all over again. This is the third time in 25 years state and local officials have mooted the idea of a second airport.
This time, though, they say they're serious.
For one, legislators wrote into state law earlier this year their preference for an ambitious 2040 deadline for the new airport to be...
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