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Owned by King County and managed by the county’s Department of Transportation, King County International Airport/Boeing Field is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the country.

It serves all sizes and types of aircraft, fills a wide range of commercial and recreational needs, and is home base for about 150 businesses—including air cargo companies, flight schools, charter operations, and helicopter services. Our tenants also include hundreds of small aircraft owners who use their planes for recreation and business.

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Not to be used for air navigation

Location 4 miles south of downtown Seattle in the Duwamish corridor
Elevation 21.0 MSL surveyed
Latitude 47 31.80' N
Longitude 122 18.12' W
Based aircraft 418
Designation KBFI
Weather data/ASOS 206-763-6904
Services U.S. Airport of Entry—U.S. customs, immigration, public health, and agricultural inspection facilities (see our tenant directory under Retail Services.)
Area 634 acres
Fuel 100 LL, Jet A
Runway 13R/31L 10,000' x 200', 340,000 lbs. double tandem wheel, ILS, LOC/DME
Runway 13L/31R 3,710' x 100' Limited to use by aircraft up to 12,500 lbs.

For information about job openings at King County International Airport/Boeing Field, see Careers at King County.

Location

King County International Airport/Boeing Field
7277 Perimeter Road
Seattle, WA 98108
206-263-2960
Fax: 206-205-5630
TTY Relay: 711

Maps

Directions

From I-5 Southbound
  • Take Albro/Swift Exit #161.
  • Turn right at light onto Albro.
  • Turn right at light onto Stanley.
  • Bear right through next two intersections onto Airport Way.
  • Take Airport Way to main entrance to King County International Airport.
  • Turn right at large blue King County International Airport sign at the equivalent of 7300 Airport Way.
  • The terminal building is the brick building directly in front of you after you turn in from Airport Way.
From I-5 Northbound
  • Take Airport Way Exit #158.
  • Cross over I-5.
  • Bear right onto Airport Way off the overpass.
  • Travel 1.5 miles.
  • Take Airport Way to main entrance to King County International Airport.
  • Turn left at large blue King County International Airport sign at the equivalent of 7300 Airport Way.
  • The terminal building is the brick building directly in front of you after you turn in from Airport Way.

Parking

Free parking is available at the airport terminal for airline passengers. Park in any numbered space and give the number of that parking space to the airline when you check in for your flight.

Taxi and limousine service

Taxi and limousine service to and from the airport is only a telephone call away. These transportation services are not available on demand at curbside, so please contact the company of your choice in advance.

Rental cars

Rental cars are available at King County International Airport through the following businesses. Please contact them directly for your rental car needs.

In 1928, by a rate of 86 percent, King County voters approved a $950,000 plan for construction of the region’s first municipal airport. Today, King County International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the nation and it ranks among the most successful public investments in state history.

Originally named in honor of Boeing Company founder William E. Boeing, the airport helped to support the early growth of the Boeing Company. Throughout the 1930s, it served as a regional center for the burgeoning industries of commercial and recreational aviation.

On December 6, 1941, just one day before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the airport was closed to the public and taken over by the federal government because of its strategic location and its importance as a Boeing production center. During World War II, the airport was devoted to the production of thousands of B-17 and B-29 bombers, which played key roles in the Allied war effort.

After the war, Boeing Field reopened for civilian use and it served as the area’s primary passenger airport until the development of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Today, King County International Airport is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the nation, serving about 375,000 flights each year and a wide variety of aircraft, ranging from small recreational airplanes to helicopters, corporate jets, cargo carriers, Boeing planes, and military aircraft.

The airport is owned by the taxpayers of King County and managed by the King County Department of Transportation, Airport Division. It is financed by fees paid by airport tenants and customers, and receives no general tax revenues.

Historic highlights

1928 The airport’s official dedication was attended by 50,000 people. William E. Boeing was honored.
1928 Ground was broken for the first county hangar. Newspapers announced take-off times for Pacific Air Transport and West Air Transport service to Portland and San Francisco.
1930 The terminal and administration buildings were completed.
1936 Work began on improvements costing $490,000, including draining, grading, fencing, and installation of air traffic obstruction lights and other navigational lighting.
1939 The airport went on a 24-hour schedule.
1941 A national defense appropriation of $223,000 was granted for paving.
1941 A new runway opened: 5,825 feet long, and paved.
1944 Construction costing $2,670,000 was authorized by the War Department, including extension of the paved runway to 7,526 feet.
1948 A new 1,800 foot runway for light planes opened.
1951 The main runway was extended to 10,000 feet, with approximately 62,000 square yards of nine-inch-deep paving added.
1954 Commercial aviation history was made as the Boeing Company’s 707 "Dash 80" prototype made its maiden flight from the Renton Boeing Plant to King County International Airport.
1962 A new control tower was dedicated and opened for use on the west side of field, next to—and at the approximate midpoint of—the main runway.
1969 The small plane runway was extended to its present length of 3,710 feet.
1973 King County International Airport was selected from among 610 competing Northwest airports to receive the Airport Improvement Award.
1974 King County International Airport was awarded the first Airport Operating Certificate issued to a nonscheduled air carrier airport by the FAA Northwest Region.
1976 A new Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting/Police Station was built at the base of the control tower.
1978 The airport celebrated its 50th anniversary with a plaque presented by the community.
1978 The Arrivals Building was completed next to the terminal to house U.S. Immigration and Customs.
1981 The Airpark Hangars Complex was built to house 20 business-sized aircraft.
1987 The Museum of Flight was dedicated.
1988 The Airpark Hangars Complex was expanded by 16 bays.
1993 The northeast apron was constructed, creating 55 aircraft tiedowns.
1993 Lighted taxiway guidance signs were installed.
1998 An instrument landing system (ILS) was installed on runway 31L.
2000 The newly constructed Northeast T-Hangars provided 22 full and 2 small bays.
2001 King County International Airport was selected by the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) as one of the “100 Most Needed Airports” in the United States.

The airport receives no general tax dollars. It is financed by rents, fees, and some FAA resources.

Frequently asked questions…

Yes. A regional airline operates regular flights departing and arriving at the airport’s main terminal building at 7277 Perimeter Road S in Seattle.

Kenmore Air Express   has regularly scheduled daily passenger flights to Port Angeles, Friday Harbor, and Eastsound.

Free parking is available at the airport terminal for airline passengers (see above under Location, directions, and parking). Park in any numbered spot and give the number of that parking space to the airline when you check in for your flight.

You can find local weather information at Weather.com   .

You can find up-to-date traffic information on the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Puget Sound Traffic Conditions page   .

Travel time to downtown Seattle is about 20-30 minutes, depending on the mode and traffic conditions. To schedule a rental car, contact a fixed-base operator (see a list on our tenant directory). Taxi service between the airport and downtown Seattle costs between $25 and $30.

Yes. Aircraft charters are available through our fixed-base operators. For a list of those businesses, see our tenant directory.

Aircraft at or below 12,500 lbs. MGLW are exempt from a landing fee. See our Fees and rates page for a full list of rates and charges.

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