Oct. 28, 2008
News from King County Department of Transportation
Release date: Oct. 28, 2008
Boeing Field lifts landing fees for aircraft under 12,500 lbs.
King County International Airport/Boeing Field (KBFI) has lifted landing fees on aircraft 12,500 lbs. and below as of Oct. 10, when a revision to the King County Code was signed into law by King County Executive Ron Sims.
“The airport was seeking a way to address the critical issues facing General Aviation,” said King County Airport Director Robert Burke. “This was one way that Boeing Field can continue its 80-year history of supporting General Aviation, and we understand that they need the break now.”
County Code Title 15, which governs the airport, has not had a major revision since 1977. Airport staff proposed this amendment, which specifically provides a landing fee exemption for aircraft that are non-revenue producing, weighing less than 12,500 lbs. maximum gross weight or less, according to the manufacturer’s aircraft operating manual. All revenue-generating aircraft, regardless of weight or where they are based, remain subject to the landing fee.
Due to regulatory requirements and statutes, the landing fee exemption cannot be retroactive. Invoices for landings for the past 11 months will be mailed to aircraft owners/operators in the coming weeks.
Since 1928, Boeing Field has been an economic engine for the Puget Sound area. The airport contributes more than $1.6 billion annually to the regional economy, and is home to more than 150 businesses, including the Boeing Company, United Parcel Service, and the Museum of Flight.
Boeing Field continues to be self-sustaining, and receives no general tax dollars. The airport is financed by rents, fees, and some FAA resources.