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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Southwest Airlines move is dead

They won't be moving to Boeing Field after all. It's over:
King County Executive Ron Sims on Tuesday rejected proposals by Southwest Airlines and Alaska Air Group to begin flying passenger jets out of Boeing Field, citing concerns about traffic, noise and the potential cost to taxpayers.

"I have said all along that I would not endorse any proposal from any airline if it led to significant traffic and noise impacts," Sims said.


Sims said Boeing Field could not handle both proposals, with the resulting increase in traffic and noise, and he could not play favorites by picking one airline over the other. So he rejected them both.
This was the right move. This decision will end the wrangling between the Port, Sims' office, and other officials. We can now move on.

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