Lewiston–Nez Perce County Airport

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Lewiston–Nez Perce County Airport
LWS airside.jpg
Terminal in March 2006
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Lewiston &
Nez Perce County
ServesLewiston-Clarkston metropolitan area
Elevation AMSL1,442 ft / 440 m
Coordinates46°22′28″N 117°00′55″W / 46.37444°N 117.01528°W / 46.37444; -117.01528Coordinates: 46°22′28″N 117°00′55″W / 46.37444°N 117.01528°W / 46.37444; -117.01528
LWS is located in Idaho
LWS is located in USA West
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 6,511 1,985 Asphalt
12/30 5,002 1,525 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Aircraft operations33,714
Based aircraft145

Lewiston–Nez Perce County Airport (IATA: LWS[2], ICAO: KLWS, FAA LID: LWS) is in Lewiston, Idaho. Owned by the city and Nez Perce County,[1] it is in an elevated area two miles (3 km) south of downtown.

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport. Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 64,379 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 62,210 in 2009 and 61,737 in 2010.


Dedicated in 1928,[3] the airport became as a Chamber of Commerce project in 1931,[4] and the original runway was paved in 1942.[5] Jet service arrived in October 1969 after the completion of the 6,500-foot (1,980 m) runway 8/26.[6][7][8][9] The air traffic control tower, southeast of the terminal, was commissioned in September 1974.[10]

Lewiston was served by West Coast Airlines Fairchild F-27s in the 1960s. West Coast merged with Bonanza Air Lines and Pacific Air Lines to form Air West in 1968 with the San Francisco-based airline being renamed Hughes Airwest in 1970.

Early jet service was flown by Hughes Airwest Douglas DC-9-10s and McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30s and by Cascade Airways BAC One-Elevens, supplemented with turboprop aircraft of both airlines. Hughes Airwest merged into Republic Airlines in October 1980, which cut back flights in Idaho and elsewhere in the western U.S.[11] Republic's final flight to Lewiston was in September 1982,[12][13] and the airline ended its southern Idaho and eastern Washington service shortly after in April 1983.[14] Cascade, based in Spokane, ceased operations in 1986.[15][16]

The short-lived Gem State Airlines of Coeur d'Alene served Lewiston for eleven months, until November 1979.[17][18] Mountain West Airlines of Boise served Lewiston for less than three months before folding in early March 1981.[19][20][21][22] Big Sky Airlines of Billings briefly served Lewiston in 1979.[23] All three commuter air carriers operated turboprop aircraft into the airport.

The municipal golf course adjacent to the west, Bryden Canyon, was built in the early 1970s[24][25] and opened in March 1975.[26]

In the early 1970s a regional airport for the Quad Cities (Lewiston–Clarkston, MoscowPullman) was explored, but the city council of Lewiston withdrew its support of the study in October 1974.[27]


The airport covers 865 acres (3.5 km2) at an elevation of 1,442 feet (440 m). It has two asphalt runways: 8/26 is 6,511 by 150 feet (1,985 m × 46 m) and 12/30 is 5,002 by 100 feet (1,525 m × 30 m).[1]

In the year ending January 1, 2012 the airport had 35,425 aircraft operations, average 97 per day: 77% general aviation, 13% air taxi, 8% airline and 2% military. 145 aircraft were then based at the airport: 81% single-engine, 10% helicopter, 8% multi-engine, and 1% jet.[1]

Airlines and destinations


Delta Connection Salt Lake City


Ameriflight Seattle–Boeing
FedEx Express Spokane

Horizon Air landed at Lewiston from March 1983 to August 2018.[28][29][30] SkyWest Airlines started service to Lewiston in June 1996 as Delta Connection[31] but only for a year,[32] and then returned with Delta Connection service in January 2005.[33] SkyWest now flies Canadair CRJ-200s from the airport.

Top destinations

Busiest routes from LWS
(Jan 2018 - Dec 2018)
Rank City Passengers Carrier
1 Salt Lake City, UT 49,800 Delta
2 Seattle, WA 29,600 Alaska
3 Boise, ID 12,710 Alaska



  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for LWS (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (LWS: Lewiston / Nez Perce County Rgnl)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  3. ^ "Dedicate airport for Lewiston-Clarkston". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. October 21, 1928. p. 1.
  4. ^ Harrell, Sylvia (March 6, 1983). "Evolution of an airport". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 35G.
  5. ^ "Lewiston airport nears completion". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). July 1, 1942. p. 3.
  6. ^ "Jet age reaches Lewiston". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). United Press International. October 27, 1969. p. 5.
  7. ^ Eline, Ed (October 27, 1969). "Lewiston dedicates runway, joins jet age". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 14.
  8. ^ "Federal grant for new airport runway marks end of long effort". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). January 17, 1969. p. 16.
  9. ^ "Runway work start slated by March 1". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). January 30, 1969. p. 12.
  10. ^ "Air traffic control tower had busy first year". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). October 9, 1975. p. 7A.
  11. ^ "Republic to drop two Idaho flights". Tri-City Herald. Washington. August 11, 1982. p. A23.
  12. ^ "Republic Airlines' Flight 25 ends Lewiston service". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). September 8, 1982. p. 1A.
  13. ^ "Republic: airline packs up, moves out". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). September 11, 1982. p. 2B.
  14. ^ "Boise workers shocked over Republic's pullout". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). February 3, 1983. p. 1.
  15. ^ Bartel, Frank (March 7, 1986). "Cascade halts flights to 10 cities in region". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). p. 1.
  16. ^ "Cascade bankruptcy trustee files suit against Horizon". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. September 20, 1986. p. 12A.
  17. ^ Harrell, Sylvia (January 30, 1980). "Gem State Airlines? Oh, you mean Golden Gate". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1C.
  18. ^ "Gem State: Idaho refugee buys California airline". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). January 10, 1980. p. 9C.
  19. ^ "Boise-based airline may add Lewiston stops". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). October 31, 1980. p. 1B.
  20. ^ "Lewiston Councils OKs airline's office lease". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). November 26, 1980.
  21. ^ "New airline offers low get-acquainted rates". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). December 13, 1980. p. 1B.
  22. ^ "Budget cuts force airline to reorganize". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). March 10, 1981. p. 13.
  23. ^ "Remember Air Pacific?". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). March 6, 1983. p. 35G.
  24. ^ "Golf architect retained to design mucicipal course at Lewiston airport". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). February 3, 1971. p. 8.
  25. ^ "City will lay temporary line to irrigate new golf course". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). May 24, 1973. p. 11.
  26. ^ Alford, A.L., Jr. (March 5, 1975). "City course opening completes golf boom". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. B1.
  27. ^ Campbell, Thomas W. (October 22, 1974). "It's official: Lewiston pulls out of airport study". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 12.
  28. ^ "Horizon to add region stops". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). February 5, 1983. p. 9.
  29. ^ "Horizon plans three flights to Quad Cities". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). February 5, 1983. p. 5B.
  30. ^ "Horizon begins operations at Lewiston, Pullman". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). March 16, 1983. p. 3B.
  31. ^ "SkyWest says it's found friendly skies over L-C Valley". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). August 31, 1996. p. 8A.
  32. ^ "Corrections". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). December 28, 1998. p. 5A.
  33. ^ "Delta cuts fares, changes price structure". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). January 5, 2005. p. 7A.
  34. ^ http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=LWS&Airport_Name=Lewiston, ID: Lewiston Nez Perce County&carrier=FACTS

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