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July 15, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Snohomish County, airline fail to agree on use of Paine Field

There’s been a snag in bringing passenger air service to Paine Field.

The primary carrier interested in flying in and out of the airport, Allegiant Air, did not agree to Snohomish County’s financial terms, according to The (Everett) Herald.

Allegiant wanted to build a terminal but wanted the land for free, something the county did not agree to, Snohomish County executive director Peter Camp said at a County Council committee meeting Monday.

The county offered to build the terminal and be reimbursed through revenue from parking and concessions. The cost was estimated at $3 million.

The Las Vegas-based airline pitched a plan under which the county would have no control over construction, maintenance or concessionaire’s leases, but would still  make sure each met county standards, Camp said.

Allegiant spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler told The Herald that Camp’s description of Allegiant’s position was “mostly accurate,” but she didn’t rule out a future agreement.

“I think we’re going to continue to talk with county officials and airport officials and see what possibilities are there,” she said. “But the door on that proposal has likely closed.”

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