Lewiston–Nez Perce County Airport

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Lewiston–Nez Perce County Airport
LWS airside.jpg
Terminal in March 2006
Airport type Public
Owner City of Lewiston &
Nez Perce County
Serves Lewiston-Clarkston metropolitan area
Elevation AMSL 1,442 ft / 440 m
Coordinates 46°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 the US
Location of airport in Idaho / United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 6,511 1,985 Asphalt
12/30 5,002 1,525 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Aircraft operations 33,714
Based aircraft 145

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

Lewiston was served by West Coast Airlines Fairchild F-27s during 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 with Douglas DC-9-10s and McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30s as well as by Cascade Airways operating 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.[10] Republic's final flight to Lewiston was in September 1982,[11] and the airline ended its southern Idaho and eastern Washington service shortly after in April 1983.[12] Cascade, based in Spokane, ceased operations in 1986.[13][14]

The short-lived Gem State Airlines of Coeur d'Alene served Lewiston for 11 months, until November 1979.[15][16] Mountain West Airlines of Boise served Lewiston for less than three months before folding in early March 1981.[17][18][19][20] Big Sky Airlines of Billings briefly served Lewiston in 1979.[21] All three commuter air carriers operated turboprop aircraft into the airport.

The municipal golf course adjacent to the west, Bryden Canyon, was designed and built in the early 1970s,[22][23] and opened in March 1975.[24]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Lewiston–Nez Perce County Airport covers an area of 865 acres (350 ha) at an elevation of 1,442 feet (440 m) above sea level. It has two runways with asphalt surfaces: 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]

For the 12-month period ending January 1, 2012, the airport had 35,425 aircraft operations, an average of 97 per day: 77% general aviation, 13% air taxi, 8% scheduled commercial, and 2% military. At that time there were 145 aircraft based at this airport: 81% single-engine, 10% helicopter, 8% multi-engine, and 1% jet.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled airline passenger service is available to the following non-stop destinations:

Airlines Destinations
Alaska Airlines operated by Horizon Air Boise, Seattle/Tacoma
Delta Connection Salt Lake City

Horizon Air began service to Lewiston and Pullman-Moscow in March 1983.[25][26][27] SkyWest Airlines initiated service to Lewiston in June 1996[28] as a Delta Connection air carrier, but only for a year,[29] and then returned with Delta Connection service in January 2005.[30] SkyWest currently flies Canadair CRJ-200 regional jets from the airport, while Horizon Air operates Bombardier Q400 turboprops on behalf of Alaska Airlines.

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest routes from LWS
(Dec 2015 - Nov 2016)
Rank City Passengers Carrier
1 Seattle, WA 29,000 Alaska
2 Salt Lake City, UT 28,000 Delta
3 Boise, ID 14,000 Alaska


Cargo carriers[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Ameriflight Seattle
FedEx Feeder Spokane


  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. ^ "Republic to drop two Idaho flights". Tri-City Herald. Washington. August 11, 1982. p. A23. 
  11. ^ "Republic: airline packs up, moves out". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. September 11, 1982. p. 2B. 
  12. ^ "Boise workers shocked over Republic's pullout". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. February 3, 1983. p. 1. 
  13. ^ Bartel, Frank (March 7, 1986). "Cascade halts flights to 10 cities in region". Spokane Chronicle. Washington. p. 1. 
  14. ^ "Cascade bankruptcy trustee files suit against Horizon". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. September 20, 1986. p. 12A. 
  15. ^ Harrell, Sylvia (January 30, 1980). "Gem State Airlines? Oh, you mean Golden Gate". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 1C. 
  16. ^ "Gem State: Idaho refugee buys California airline". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. January 10, 1980. p. 9C. 
  17. ^ "Boise-based airline may add Lewiston stops". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. October 31, 1980. p. 1B. 
  18. ^ "Lewiston Councils OKs airline's office lease". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. November 26, 1980. 
  19. ^ "New airline offers low get-acquainted rates". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. December 13, 1980. p. 1B. 
  20. ^ "Budget cuts force airline to reorganize". Spokane Daily Chronicle. March 10, 1981. p. 13. 
  21. ^ "Remember Air Pacific?". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. March 6, 1983. p. 35G. 
  22. ^ "Golf architect retained to design mucicipal course at Lewiston airport". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. February 3, 1971. p. 8. 
  23. ^ "City will lay temporary line to irrigate new golf course". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. May 24, 1973. p. 11. 
  24. ^ Alford, A.L., Jr. (March 5, 1975). "City course opening completes golf boom". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. B1. 
  25. ^ "Horizon to add region stops". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. February 5, 1983. p. 9. 
  26. ^ "Horizon plans three flights to Quad Cities". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. February 5, 1983. p. 5B. 
  27. ^ "Horizon begins operations at Lewiston, Pullman". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. March 16, 1983. p. 3B. 
  28. ^ "SkyWest says it's found friendly skies over L-C Valley". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. August 31, 1996. p. 8A. 
  29. ^ "Corrections". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. December 28, 1998. p. 5A. 
  30. ^ "Delta cuts fares, changes price structure". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. January 5, 2005. p. 7A. 
  31. ^ 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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