Grant County International Airport
|Grant County International Airport|
|USGS 1996 orthophoto|
|IATA: MWH – ICAO: KMWH – FAA LID: MWH|
|Owner||Port of Moses Lake|
|Serves||Moses Lake, Washington|
|Elevation AMSL||1,189 ft / 362 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Grant County International Airport (IATA: MWH, ICAO: KMWH, FAA LID: MWH) is a public use airport located 6 mi (9.7 km) northwest of the central business district of Moses Lake, a city in Grant County, Washington, United States. The airport is owned by the Port of Moses Lake. Its 13,500-foot (4,100 m) runway is one of the longest in the World.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 1,369 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 2,920 enplanements in 2009, and 1,442 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation airport.
Opened as a training airfield during World War II, the facility was operated by the U.S. Air Force as Larson Air Force Base until 1966. Passenger air service to and from Moses Lake ended on June 8, 2010.
With 4,700 acres (1,900 ha) and a main runway 13,500 feet (4,100 m) in length, it is one of the largest airports in the United States. Moses Lake is famous for good flying weather, as it is located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains, in the semi-arid desert of central Washington state.
Scheduled passenger flights on Big Sky Airlines to Boise and Portland were discontinued on September 1, 2006. The service was subsidized by the Essential Air Service program. United Express, operated by SkyWest Airlines offered nonstop flights to Seattle from June 2009 until June 2010. The airport currently has no commercial air service.
In 2011, the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild AFB in Spokane temporarily moved its KC-135 R/T fleet and operations to Moses Lake while Fairchild's runway underwent reconstruction and other infrastructure improvements, to include an upgrade to the base's aviation fuel distribution system.
The main campus for Big Bend Community College is also located on the grounds of the airport.
Facilities and aircraft
- Runway 14L/32R is 13,503 by 200 feet (4,116 by 61 m), with an asphalt/concrete surface
- Runway 4/22 is 10,000 by 100 feet (3,048 by 30 m), with an asphalt/concrete surface
- Runway 9/27 is 3,500 by 90 feet (1,067 by 27 m), with a concrete surface
- Runway 18/36 is 3,327 by 75 feet (1,014 by 23 m), with an asphalt surface
- Runway 14R/32L is 2,936 by 75 feet (895 by 23 m), with a concrete surface
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2001, the airport had 54,470 aircraft operations, an average of 149 per day: 28% general aviation, 56% military, 11% scheduled commercial and 4% air taxi. At that time there were 37 aircraft based at this airport: 74% single-engine, 19% multi-engine and 7% jet.
- FAA Airport Master Record for MWH ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- Space Shuttle Emergency Landing Sites
- "Japan Airlines: fuel too pricey for Moses Lake". KOMO TV (Associated Press). November 20, 2008. Retrieved October 22, 2009.
- "Japan Air Lines welcomed". Spokane Daily Chronicle. November 22, 1968. p. 5.
- Geranios, Nicholas K. (December 26, 1988). "Baseless existence". Spokane Chronicle. Associated Press. p. A3.
- Lynch, Lynne (November 10, 2008). "JAL marks 40th anniversary". Columbia Basin Herald. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
- Crowell, Todd (February 4, 1980). "An honorable match". Spokesman-Review. p. 9.
- "Japan Air Lines trains 747 pilots at U.S. facility". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. August 10, 1982. p. C-10.
- Hansen, Dan (November 23, 2008). "JAL ends Moses Lake stay". Seattle Times. (Spokesman-Review). Retrieved June 21, 2013.
- Wasson, David (January 20, 2011). "Work relocates Fairchild tankers". Spokesman-Review. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
- King, Scott (January 24, 2011). "Fairchild relocates KC-135 flying OPS". United States Air Force. 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-1998-3344) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2001-6-22 (June 28, 2001): selecting Big Sky Airlines, to provide essential air service at Ephrata/Moses Lake, Washington, for a two-year period at an annual subsidy of $479,702.
- Order 2004-12-18 (December 30, 2004): selecting Big Sky Transportation Company, Inc., to continue providing essential air service (EAS) at Ephrata/Moses Lake, Washington, for a new two-year period. This order establishes a subsidy of $1,698,922 per year for service consisting of twelve nonstop round trips to Portland and six nonstop round trip to Boise each week.
- Order 2006-6-8 (June 12, 2006): directing interested persons to show cause why the Department should not terminate the subsidy eligibility of Ephrata/Moses Lake, Washington, under the essential air service (EAS) program and allow Big Sky Transportation Company, Inc., d/b/a Big Sky Airlines (Big Sky) to suspend service there as of August 1, 2006.
- Order 2006-8-16 (August 22, 2006): terminating the subsidy eligibility of Ephrata/Moses Lake, Washington, under the essential air service (EAS) program and allowing Big Sky Transportation Company, Inc., d/b/a Big Sky Airlines to suspend service, if it chooses.
- Grant County International Airport at Port of Moses Lake website
- Grant County International Airport at WSDOT Aviation
- Aerial image as of July 1996 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective June 26, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for MWH, effective June 26, 2014
- Resources for this airport:
- Larson Air Force Base – Grant County International Airport at HistoryLink