Spokane International Airport
|Spokane International Airport
Geiger Army Airfield
Spokane International seen in 2010, viewed from the south
|IATA: GEG – ICAO: KGEG – FAA LID: GEG|
|Serves||Spokane Airport Board|
|Location||Airway Heights, Washington, USA|
|Elevation AMSL||2,376 ft / 724 m|
Spokane International Airport (IATA: GEG, ICAO: KGEG, FAA LID: GEG) is a commercial airport about 5 miles (8 km) west of downtown Spokane. It is the primary airport for Spokane, Eastern Washington, Coeur d'Alene, and North Idaho. It is the second largest airport in Washington, with over 3 million passengers in 2010.
During World War II, Geiger Field was a major training base by Second Air Force as a group training airfield for B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombardment units, with new aircraft being obtained from Boeing near Seattle. It was also used by Air Technical Service Command as an aircraft maintenance and supply depot; Deer Park Airport and Felts Field were auxiliaries.
Geiger was closed in late 1945 and turned over to War Assets Administration (WAA), then transferred to Spokane County and developed into a commercial airport. The airport hosted USAF Air Defense Command interceptor units during the Cold War for air defense of Hanford Nuclear Reservation and Grand Coulee Dam. Built in 1942 as the Spokane Air Depot, Fairchild Air Force Base is four miles (7 km) to the west.
It became Spokane's municipal airport in 1946, replacing Felts Field, and received its present name in 1960, after the City of Spokane was allotted Spokane Geiger Field by the Surplus Property Act. The airport code is still GEG, for Geiger Field.
The current terminal complex opened in 1965 and was designed by Warren C. Heylman and William Trogdon.
Occasional non-stop flights to southern California since the 1970s have been among the first to be suspended during economic downturns.
Growth and expansion
The airport has a Master Plan, which includes a third runway and gates added to Concourse C.
A new control tower has been built south of the airport, replacing the one near Concourse C. The new control tower is the tallest one in the State. The Terminal, Rotunda, and Concourse C Enhancement Project (TRACE) was recently completed, designed by Bernardo/Wills Architects, P.C. The project, which concluded in November 2006, added retail space and expanded security checkpoints in the airport's three concourses, and gave the Rotunda an aesthetic renovation. In 2010, 2000 feet was added to Runway 3–21, and parallel taxiways 'A' and 'G' enabling heavier aircraft departures in summer months.
The airport plans to add another concourse in the next 5–10 years and looks to add more direct flights to the east coast; the Spokane market has been hosting big events and attracting business to the area.
Terminals, airlines and destinations
Spokane International Airport provides 24 gates on 3 concourses. Gates on Concourse A are numbered 11–15, gates on Concourse B are numbered 1–10, and gates on Concourse C are numbered 22–25 and 30–32. Although American Airlines has never served Spokane, it currently code shares with Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, and has recently merged with US Airways.
operated by Horizon Air
|Portland (OR), Seattle/Tacoma||C|
|Delta Air Lines||Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City
|Delta Connection||Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul
|Frontier Airlines||Denver (ends January 5, 2015)||C|
|Southwest Airlines||Boise, Denver, Las Vegas, Oakland, Phoenix
|2||Denver, Colorado||232,000||Frontier, Southwest, United|
|4||Salt Lake City, Utah||137,000||Delta|
|5||Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota||117,000||Delta|
|6||Phoenix, Arizona (PHX)||104,000||Southwest, US Airways|
|7||Las Vegas, Nevada||77,000||Southwest|
|10||Los Angeles, California||24,000||Delta|
Accidents and incidents
- On January 21, 1981 a Beechcraft Model 99A, Cascade Airways flight 201, crashed into a hill 4.5 miles from the runway. The accident was caused by an incorrect distance measuring equipment frequency, and premature descent to minimum descent altitude. Of the nine people on board, seven were killed (including both pilots), and the other two passengers were seriously injured. The airline ceased operations about five years later.
- On March 18, 1994, Douglas DC-3C N3433Y of Salair crashed shortly after take-off on a cargo flight to Portland International Airport. The starboard engine failed shortly after take-off. The engine that failed had previously been in long-term service and had been fitted to the aircraft on February 21, replacing an engine that developed a misfire and loss of power. It had accumulated 15 hrs flight time at the time of the accident. The aircraft was destroyed in the subsequent fire and both crew were killed.
- Washington World War II Army Airfields
- Western Air Defense Force (Air Defense Command)
- 9th Air Division
- Spokane International Airport: Frequently Asked Questions
- Spokane Airport Terminal – Historic Preservation Department
- Spokane International Airport: Twenty-year Master Plan Update
- Spokane International Airport: Terminal, Rotunda, and Concourse C Enhancement Project
- "Frontier Airlines dropping flights to regional airports in several states". bizjournals.com. 15 December 2014.
- In brief: Southwest to begin direct flights to Chicago
- "AirPac Airlines Cargo". AirPac Cargo Routes. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
- "FedEx Feeder Routes". Empire Airlines Route Map. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
- "WAE Cargo Routes". WAE Route Map. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
- WA: Spokane International&carrier=FACTS
- "N3433Y Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
- "SEA94FA085". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Spokane International Airport.|
- Spokane International Airport, official site
- Spokane International Airport at WSDOT Aviation
- (PDF), effective December 11, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for GEG, effective December 11, 2014
- Resources for this airport: