The greater Puget Sound Region is served primarily by Sea-Tac Airport. In 1942 the Port of Seattle Commission voted to build and operate an airport to serve civilians of the region, after the U.S. military took control of Boeing Field for use in World War II. Two years later a United Airlines plane made the first official landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. By 1946 the airport’s passenger count passed the one million mark and has been rising ever since. American Airlines established the first regular scheduled jet service to the airport in 1959.
In 2007 Sea-Tac served nearly 31.3 million passengers, making it the 17th busiest airport in the United States. It ranks 25th in total aircraft operations and 19th in total cargo volume.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has a Central Terminal building with four concourses (A - D) and two Satellite Terminals (North and South). The satellite terminals are connected to the central terminal by an underground people mover system. There are three security checkpoints for the entire airport. Once through security, passengers have access to all gates. All international arrivals (except flights from cities with customs preclearance) and the following departures are handled in the South Satellite Terminal.
Boeing Field, officially King County Inter- national Airport (IATA: BFI, ICAO: KBFI) is a two-runway airport owned and run by King County, Washington. The airport offers some passenger service such as Kenmore Air, but is mostly used by general aviation and cargo companies like DHL, UPS and Ameriflight. It is named after the founder of the Boeing Company, William E. Boeing.
The airport is located mostly in Seattle just south of Georgetown, with its southern tip extending into Tukwila. It is 594 acres in area and handles more than 375,000 operations yearly.
The Boeing Company continues to use the field for testing and delivery of its airplanes, and it is still a major regional cargo hub. The Museum of Flight is located on the southwestern corner of the airfield, and aircraft movement can be easily observed from the museum.
Tacoma Narrows Airport
Tacoma Narrows Airport is owned and operated by the city of Tacoma. The airport is located just 5 miles north of the city in the Gig Harbor Peninsula area. Tacoma Narrows Airport provides a place for aircraft to easily land and take off by offering instrument and GPS landing capabilities.
Tower operations are from 8am to 8 pm. The airport offers 24-hour U.S. Customs and weather reporting. Card lock fuel sales for AV Gas; along with jet fuel sales, aircraft repairs and maintenance. Part sales are offered by various businesses at the airport. The on-site restaurant is open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Kenmore Air Harbor Inc. Seaplane Base
Located in Kenmore Washington, Kenmore Air was founded in 1946 by three high school friends, reunited after World War II. With one airplane, and a single hangar near a swamp at the North end of Lake Washington, Bob Munro, Reg Collins, and Jack Mines gave birth to what was to become the largest and most respected seaplane airline in the world.
Today, Kenmore Air is among the best-known and most respected float plane operations in the world, flying an eclectic mix of piston Beavers and turbine Otters and Caravans, landing passengers on glaciers, lakes and harbors among the mist shrouded fjords and islands of the U.S. and Canadian northwest. Kenmore Air currently has 25 aircraft in operation, 52 pilots on staff and more than 250 employees in peak season.
Renton Municipal Airport
The Renton Municipal Airport, owned by the city of Renton, is a general aviation airport which serves Renton and other nearby communities. The airport provides regional aviation services for air charter, air taxi, corporate, business and recreational flyers. It is also an FAA-designated “Reliever” airport, diverting general aviation aircraft traffic from Sea-Tac International Airport.
The airport is located approximately 25 minutes south of downtown Seattle to the northwest and Bellevue to the north, and is situated in the center of the regional trans- portation network that connects State Highways 167, 169, 515 and 900 to Interstate Highways 5, 405 and 90.
The Airport is used predominately by single-engine piston aircraft, and ranks among the top six airports in the State of Washing- ton in terms of aircraft landings and takeoffs. The Boeing Commercial Airplane Company, located adjacent to the airport, manufactures Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft and uses the airport for their initial flights.
Seaplane (or floatplane) operations from the Will Rogers-Wiley Post Memorial Seaplane Base, located at the north end of the airport along the shore of Lake Washington, also comprise a significant level of activity at the airport. The seaplane facilities include a floating dock and launching ramp, which make the Renton Municipal Airport one of the few airports in the Pacific Northwest where aircraft can land on wheels and depart from the water, or vice versa, if they have the correct equipment.
The Renton Municipal Airport is a Landing Rights Airport, with US Customs services available for both floatplane and wheeled aircraft arriving by water or by land.
Snohomish County Airport - Paine Field
Paine Field is a unique airport. It is home to nearly 600 aircraft, including small, single engine recreational aircraft, corporate jets and brand new Boeing 747s. Located about 30 miles north of downtown Seattle, the airport offers high quality aviation facilities, including an FAA tower, Cat 1 ILS, Part 139 certification, FBO services and good access to the major metropolitan centers in the Puget Sound region.
The Airport is home to the Boeing manufacturing plant for 747, 767, 777, and 787 aircraft. Goodrich Aviation Technical Services provides repair and maintenance services for airlines such as Delta, Southwest, UPS and FedEx.
Paine Field has become a major tourist destination with the opening of the new Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour. Other attractions include Legend Flyers, which is building Me 262 aircraft and the Museum of Flight Restoration Center. A new addition, to open in the third quarter of 2007, is the Flying Heritage Collection.
Olympia Regional Airport
The Port of Olympia assumed ownership of the Olympia Regional Airport in 1963, although local aviation history goes back to the 1920s. In 1997 the Port completed projects and plans that position the Airport to take advantage of new aviation markets and make the facility an even more attractive and competitive location for corporate operations.
The Olympia Regional Airport is home to aircraft service operations, hangars, corporate offices and a modern public terminal with a first-class café. The Airport provides tower-controlled and full-instrument approach access for a variety of recreational, commercial and corporate users.
Two runways, one 5,400 feet and the other 4,100 feet, give large corporate jets, commuter-size planes and light freight aircraft, including UPS and Federal Express, convenient access into southern Puget Sound. The airport’s location, adjacent to the NewMarket Industrial Campus with close proximity to Interstate 5 and the state capitol, allows businesses to service both private and government clients.