Spokane International Airport

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Spokane International Airport
Geiger Army Airfield
Spokane Intl Airport - Concourse C at Night.jpg
Aerial GEG August 2010.JPG
Spokane International seen in 2010, viewed from the south
IATA: GEGICAO: KGEGFAA LID: GEG
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Spokane County-City
Serves Spokane Airport Board
Location Airway Heights, Washington, USA
Elevation AMSL 2,376 ft / 724 m
Coordinates 47°37′12″N 117°32′02″W / 47.62000°N 117.53389°W / 47.62000; -117.53389
Website SpokaneAirports.net
Map
KGEG is located in Washington (state)
KGEG
KGEG
Location of Spokane International Airport
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 11,000 3,353 Asphalt
7/25 8,199 2,499 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Cargo Increase61,366
Passengers Decrease3,005,315
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Spokane International Airport (IATA: GEGICAO: KGEGFAA 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.

History[edit]

Known as Sunset Field before 1941, it was purchased from the county by the War Department and renamed Geiger Field after Major Harold Geiger, an Army aviation pioneer who died in a crash in 1927.

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.[2] 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.[3]

Entrance to the A and B concourse ticketing area.

Occasional non-stop flights to southern California since the 1970s have been among the first to be suspended during economic downturns.

Growth and expansion[edit]

The airport has a Master Plan,[4] 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.[5] 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[edit]

Delta Connection CRJ-700 at Spokane International Airport.
United Express ERJ-170 (Spokane Airport)
Delta B757 at Spokane International Airport. Seen from Gate B8.

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.

Airlines Destinations Concourse
Alaska Airlines Seattle/Tacoma C
Alaska Airlines
operated by Horizon Air
Portland (OR), Seattle/Tacoma C
Allegiant Air Seasonal: Honolulu A
Delta Air Lines Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Atlanta
B
Delta Connection
operated by SkyWest Airlines
Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma (begins November 3, 2014)[6]
Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul
B
Frontier Airlines Denver C
Southwest Airlines Boise, Denver, Las Vegas, Oakland, Phoenix
Seasonal: Chicago-Midway[7]
A
United Airlines Denver B
United Express
operated by SkyWest Airlines
Denver
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare
B
US Airways Phoenix B

Air Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
AirPac Airlines[8] Seattle-Boeing
Ameriflight Portland (OR), Seattle-Boeing
FedEx Express Memphis
FedEx Feeder[9] La Grande, Lewiston, Moses Lake, Tri-Cities, Pendleton, Vancouver (Canada), Wenatchee, Yakima
UPS Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Des Moines, Portland (OR), Seattle-Boeing
Western Air Express[10] Boise, Portland (OR)

Top destinations[edit]

GEG – FAA airport diagram
Busiest domestic routes from Spokane (July 2013 – June 2014)[11]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 416,000 Alaska
2 Denver, Colorado 232,000 Frontier, Southwest, United
3 Portland, Oregon 158,000 Alaska
4 Salt Lake City, Utah 136,000 Delta
5 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 118,000 Delta
6 Phoenix, Arizona (PHX) 104,000 Southwest, US Airways
7 Las Vegas, Nevada 80,000 Southwest
8 Oakland, California 75,000 Southwest
9 Boise, Idaho 47,000 Southwest
10 Los Angeles, California 24,000 Delta

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 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.[12][13]
  • 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.[14][15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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