Paine Field Passenger Terminal One More Step Closer to Opening

Bonnie Johnson - Thursday, October 04, 2018
Paine Field Passenger Terminal One More Step Closer to Opening

In a press release from Propeller Airports, Propeller has disclosed that McGee Air Services, a subsidiary of Alaska Air, will be responsible for the aircraft ground handling and passenger mobility services at Paine Field. As construction of the passenger terminal comes near to completion, expect additional partnerships to be announced. See below for the full press release from Propeller.

EVERETT, Wash. (October 3, 2018) — Propeller Airports announced today that it has selected McGee Air Services, Inc. for aircraft ground handling and passenger mobility services on behalf of the airlines that will serve Paine Field. The partnership is one of several that Propeller plans on announcing as construction of the new passenger terminal in Everett nears completion. The terminal, designed by leading architectural firm Fentress, is intended to provide customers a higher level of service and comfort than larger airports and to become the go-to travel option for the northern Seattle metro area.
McGee Air Services, an independent subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, will handle Paine Field’s 24 daily departures and arrivals with aircraft marshaling and towing, baggage handling, loading and unloading, cabin cleaning, and passenger support and mobility services. The agreement with Propeller will create approximately 70 new union jobs for McGee’s Paine Field operation.
“From the beginning, the terminal at Paine Field has been about bringing civility back to the airport experience and making it enjoyable for passengers again,” said Brett Smith, CEO of Propeller Airports. “McGee is the right partner to manage these operations and I am confident that they will make the entire operation more efficient. McGee shares our commitment to a high level of service and getting passengers to their destinations efficiently. We’re excited to have them join us.”
The agreement marks a change from most ground handling operations at even the smallest airports in the U.S. Normally, each airline selects its own ground handler, however Propeller is streamlining the process. This structure will enable both companies to deliver a higher level of customer service to customers and will make the flying experience more efficient, speedy, and comfortable for passengers.
“Propeller’s new terminal at Paine Field is going to be a huge asset for Washington,” said Dean DuVall, President of McGee Air Services. “As a company based in the Pacific Northwest, we’re excited to bring our exceptional service to the region’s travelers. We’re thrilled to partner with Propeller on a truly innovative project and look forward to working with everyone on the team.”
Propeller Airports is based in Everett with offices in New York, Seattle and Atlanta. Propeller identifies untapped potential for commercial air travel by working with local governments and communities to maximize airport assets. Propeller Airports is focused on opportunities to invest, develop and manage both general aviation and commercial service airports in key U.S. markets. For more information please visit
Based in Renton, Wash., McGee Air Services is a dedicated aviation services company that combines deep industry experience with a singular focus on providing best-in-class aviation services. With more than 1,700 team members, McGee currently handles 370 daily departures at major U.S. airports, including Seattle-Tacoma, San Francisco, Phoenix, Portland and San Jose. McGee’s team members are represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and receive competitive wages, airline travel privileges, health care benefits and the opportunity to earn a monthly performance incentive. Learn more at
Paine Field is one of the most unique airports in the world. Home to over 615 based aircraft, including small, single-engine recreational aircraft, corporate jets, and brand-new Boeing widebody jets. Located 30 miles north of downtown Seattle, Paine Field offers best in class aviation facilities with easy access to Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond and the entire metro Seattle region.
Paine Field is home to some of the most respected aerospace firms in the industry, including Boeing and Aviation Technical Services. Boeing manufactures the 747, 767, 777, and 787 aircraft at Paine Field. Aviation Technical Services is the largest third-party aircraft inspection and repair facility in North America and provides repair and maintenance services for airlines such as Alaska, American, Southwest and UPS.



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