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Debut of Paine Field passenger flights could be delayed by federal shutdown

January 09, 2019 / Ben Mutzabaugh

The highly anticipated return of airline service to Paine Field in Everett, Washington, could be knocked off schedule by the ongoing government shutdown. The airport is expected to rejoin the U.S. aviation map next month with the launch of its first commercial airline flights in decades. Those flights are set to begin on Feb. 11, but a needed approval by the Federal Aviation Administration could be slowed by the shutdown, The Daily Herald of Everett reports. Gregory Martin, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman in Washington, D.C., tells the paper that "the partial shutdown could potentially delay" the agency's approval or disapproval of revised environmental assessment that must be OK’d before airline service can resume at Paine Field.