Paine Field Airport, a commercial and general aviation airport in Everett, Washington, is getting renamed.
Snohomish County, which includes Everett, and Propeller Airports, an airport consulting firm, announced on Monday that Paine Field has been renamed Seattle Paine Field International Airport. Its code, PAE, will remain the same.
The groups said that the move was made in order to improve awareness of Seattle Paine Field for those searching for flights to the Seattle area. According to the groups, the airport offers a similar commute time from downtown Seattle compared to the city’s other major airport, SeaTac, but has gone overlooked since it resumed commercial service in 2019.
"We have always viewed Paine Field as a second gateway to the Seattle metro area and are excited that the County has rebranded the airport," said Brett Smith, CEO of Propeller Airports. "'Seattle Paine Field International Airport' better captures the market that our airport serves."
The airport provides Snohomish County with nearly $60 billion in yearly economic activity ad over 150,000 jobs. It also hosts a number of Alaska Airlines flights, which serve 10 destinations from the airport.
Aside from its flight schedule, Paine Field International is also the home of aviation museums including the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour, the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, which is opening soon, and the Museum of Flight Restoration Center.