Propeller Airports Honored For Public Private Partnership At Paine Field

February 21, 2019

Everett Economy


Propeller Airports is an Innovation Project Award Winner for the terminal at Paine Field

The first commercial flight has not taken off yet but Propeller Airports is already receiving awards for what the company is creating at Paine Field in Everett, Washington.

Brett Smith, CEO of Propeller sent the following press release today outlining recognition by the National Council for Public-Private-Partnerships:


The layout is easy to navigate. Click to enlarge.


The ticketing area


A look at the lounge


CEO Brett Smith insisted on glass jet ramps to allow light to stream in as you walk to or from the plane.


A look at the exterior entrance that features valet parking.

Propeller Airports has been recognized by the National Council for Public-Private-Partnerships for its innovative design and construction of the new Paine Field Passenger Terminal, 20 miles north of Seattle. The new terminal was designed, financed and built by Propeller in partnership with Snohomish County, and will be serviced by Alaska and United Airlines. The award comes as Propeller prepares for the start of commercial service by Alaska Airlines on March 4th, followed by United Airlines on March 31st. The airport will have 24 daily flights to nine destinations.

“We’re honored that our vision and hard work to put together this project was recognized by the Council,” said Brett Smith, CEO Propeller Airports. “What we’ve done with Snohomish County is a model that can be replicated nationwide and can bring tremendous benefits to local economies without burdening taxpayers. We’ve built an airport for the future by bringing back some of the glamour and service of the past, with tailored concessions, design and maintenance, and a higher level of convenience for local passengers.”

Paine Field differs from other airports by offering a relaxing and warm atmosphere for passengers, with a higher level of finishes, spacious comfortable lounge areas, intuitive way-finding and convenience in stark contrast to the complications that come with flying to and from larger hubs.

“The Paine Field project is the definition of “Innovation”, and what the Council seeks to recognize and highlight with our Innovation Award”, said Jason Washington, Executive Director of the Council. “We truly hope that other airports will seek to replicate this innovative P3 approach as they modernize their facilities and build new terminals.”

Propeller will accept the award at the Council’s annual conference, P3Connect, in May. There are 504 airports across the U.S. that offer commercial flights and new ones rarely join that list, making the addition of Paine Field even more significant. When it opens, it will mark the first new airport terminal to open to commercial flights in the U.S. in decades.

The terminal’s opening also marks the return of commercial air service to Everett for the first time in over a half century. The historic air field has stayed in frequent use as a major manufacturing center for Boeing, which assembles and maintains the vast majority of its wide-body fleet in Everett but hasn’t had commercial flights since the 1940s.

“We are so proud to be part of such a strong partnership that delivered a vital new resource to the Puget Sound region: a state-of-the-art passenger terminal that will benefit our economy as much as it will passengers,” said Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers.

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