Pullman–Moscow Regional Airport

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Pullman–Moscow Regional Airport
PUW Terminal.JPG
Main terminal in July 2006
Airport type Public
Owner Pullman–Moscow
Regional Airport Board
Serves Pullman-Moscow Combined Statistical Area
Location Whitman County, Washington
Time zone Pacific (UTC−8)
 • Summer (DST) (UTC−7)
Elevation AMSL 2,556 ft / 779 m
Coordinates 46°44′38″N 117°06′34″W / 46.74389°N 117.10944°W / 46.74389; -117.10944
Website flypuw.com
Pullman–Moscow Regional Airport is located in Washington (state)
Pullman–Moscow Regional Airport
Pullman–Moscow Regional Airport
Pullman–Moscow Regional Airport is located in the US
Pullman–Moscow Regional Airport
Pullman–Moscow Regional Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 6,730 2,051 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations 29,350
Based aircraft 71
A charter flight at PUW in 2013
(Alaska Airlines, Boeing 737-890)
The post-security waiting area
at PUW in July 2006
Pullman–Moscow Regional Airport
from the southwest in June 2000, runway 6, aligned with Moscow Mountain in Idaho

Pullman–Moscow Regional Airport (IATA: PUWICAO: KPUWFAA LID: PUW) is a public airport in the northwest United States, located in Whitman County, Washington, two miles (3 km) east of Pullman and four miles west (6 km) of Moscow, Idaho. The airport is accessed via spurs from State Route 270, and has a single 6,730-foot (2,050 m) runway, headed northeast/southwest (6/24), aligned with Moscow Mountain (4,983 feet (1,519 m)) to the northeast, the highest summit in the area.

The rural airport in the Palouse region is the primary air link for its two land-grant universities, Washington State University in Pullman and the University of Idaho in Moscow. Both universities use the airport for jet charters from Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and Allegiant Air for their intercollegiate athletic teams. Horizon Air (marketed and sold as Alaska Airlines) is the sole commercial airline serving the airport, flying Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft. Horizon began service to Pullman–Moscow and Lewiston in March 1983.[2][3][4]

Horizon Air offers 3-4 daily scheduled flights to Seattle/Tacoma. Historically, flight schedules have sometimes included a stop in Lewiston, but currently all scheduled flights at PUW are nonstop to/from Seattle.

Seattle air traffic control, 250 miles (400 km) west, manages commercial traffic for the airport. The nearest major airport is Spokane International, 90 miles (145 km) north.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Pullman–Moscow Regional Airport covers an area of 467 acres (1.89 km2) at an elevation of 2,556 feet (779 m) above sea level. It has one asphalt paved runway designated 6/24, which measures 6,730 by 100 feet (2,051 m × 30 m).[1] The airport was annexed by the City of Pullman in August 1988,[5] and the present terminal opened in February 1990 at a cost of $2.7 million.[6]

The modest commercial terminal is a single large room, divided between pre- and post-security areas by a single security checkpoint and glass walls. The waiting area occupies all space beyond the checkpoint, but is not commonly used for waiting, as most passengers pass through the security checkpoint immediately before boarding. Both passenger gates are ground-level doors to the tarmac; passengers board via the fold-down aircraft-door stairs, or airstairs (for larger charter aircraft). Gate 1 on the east side of the terminal is used by Horizon Air.

The public airport shares the runway with a fixed-base operator, Interstate Aviation, which conducts chartered air service. Local engineering firm Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. owns and operates private hangars at the airport.

For the 12-month period ending April 30, 2008, the airport had 29,350 aircraft operations, an average of 80 per day: 85% general aviation, 14% scheduled commercial, 1% air taxi and <1% military.

At that time there were 71 aircraft based at this airport: 85% single-engine, 10% multi-engine, 4% jet and 1% glider.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Alaska Airlines operated by Horizon Air Seattle/Tacoma


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for PUW (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-07-02.
  2. ^ "Horizon to add region stops". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. February 5, 1983. p. 9. 
  3. ^ "Horizon plans three flights to Quad Cities". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. February 5, 1983. p. 5B. 
  4. ^ "Horizon begins operations at Lewiston, Pullman". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. March 16, 1983. p. 3B. 
  5. ^ Fisher, David (August 17, 1988). "Pullman annexes airport". Idahonian. Moscow. p. 1A. 
  6. ^ Semerad, Tony (February 15, 1990). "Weather foils plans for first day". Idahonian. Moscow. p. 1A. 

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