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Commercial flights at Paine Field clear another hurdle

Commercial flights to Everett's Paine Field are one step closer to reality after clearing another hurdle from community groups and the City of Mukilteo.

The flights have faced numerous court appeals.

The most recent decision means the company wanting to operate passenger flights out of the field has three years to get a two-gate terminal there.

Mukilteo community members say they're still worried about traffic and noise.

A decision Monday by a state judge on the Court of Appeals found there was no reason to end an option-to-lease agreement between Snohomish County and Propeller Airports.

For several years, the city of Mukilteo and community groups have opposed the opening of a commercial terminal, arguing it could impact their quality of life.

Propeller Airports argue Snohomish County residents need an airport as Mukilteo officials push back.

"I guess for the City of Mukilteo it's a really significant issue and we've got real concerns about the noise and traffic impacts,” Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson said.

Though Propeller Airports won the appeal, it doesn't mean flights begin immediately.

They still have to design and construct the terminal and secure an airline.

Mukilteo could again appeal the decision, but it would have to be filed in the next few weeks.