In response to a proposal by Southwest Airlines to begin scheduled service and develop facilities at Boeing Field/King County International, AOPA has urged county officials to protect and preserve the general aviation nature of the airport. More than 75 percent of the airport's operations are general aviation. The association also offered to work with the community on the full range of issues affecting the airport. "AOPA's main objective is to ensure that the airport will continue to be accessible, affordable, and efficient for all general aviation users," said Roger Cohen, AOPA vice president of regional affairs.
Harold S. Taniguchi, director of King County Department of Transportation, responded to AOPA's letter, saying that a decision on Southwest's proposal would not be made until "a thorough and meaningful process of regional discussion and evaluation takes place and the impacts on general aviation are understood."
Updated: September 21, 2005, 9:36 a.m. EDT