the airport ever close?
International Airport is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a
week, 365 days a year. Even in the event of inclement weather
conditions a combination of administrative, operations, police,
fire, parking, building and field maintenance employees are on
duty. Airlines and other tenants each have their own schedules
but typically are not present 24 hours per day. Very infrequently,
the runways are closed for maintenance or snow clearing; however,
every effort is made to avoid disrupting aviation operations.
The Spokane Airport Board has made considerable investments in
time and money purchasing and installing sophisticated Instrument
Landing and Lighting Systems, as well as snow removal equipment
and facilities to enhance the safety and on-time performance of
our air carriers. However, decisions to take off or land in questionable
weather conditions are largely determined by the individual airlines.
is the street or physical address of Spokane International Airport?
street address for the Terminal Building is 9000 West Airport
Drive, Spokane, WA 99224
is Spokanes designator "GEG"
1941, the Department of the Defense purchased the area then known
as "Sunset Field" from Spokane County for a World War
II B-17 and C-47 training facility. Following the acquisition,
they renamed the facility Geiger (GEG) Field in honor of Major
Harold C. Geiger, a pioneer in Army aviation and ballooning. In
1946, a portion of the airfield was designated a municipal airport,
and commercial airline operations were moved from Felts Field
to Geiger Field. In 1960, the facility was renamed Spokane International
I need reservations for the airport parking areas and are they
in our four different facilities is on a "first come first
served basis" and offer varying price structures. All of
our parking facilities are fenced, illuminated and regularly patrolled
by airport police and parking employees. The Parking department
also offers complimentary battery jumping, car locator, and tire
inflation services for our customers. By using the aid phones
located throughout each of our parking facilities, travelers can
access these services.
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747s and other large planes land at Spokane International
Normally, the critical aircraft operation is take-off, and the
runway length required is based on: (1) weight of the aircraft,
(2) temperature, and (3) elevation. Since the runway length and
elevation are constant, the remaining variable factors - weight
of the aircraft and air temperature are used to determine
the take off distance and how far the aircraft can fly nonstop.
Each airline (aircraft operator) has different criteria regarding
operating under conditions present at the time of flight.
there plans to build a third runway?
Our Airport Layout Plan (ALP) shows a third runway situated southwest
and parallel to the existing primary runway, 3/21. At this time,
our aviation operations (take-offs and landings) do not necessitate
the addition of a third runway.
is Spokane an "International" Airport?
We are an international airport because the US Customs and Border
Services maintains an on-site "Federal Inspection Services"
facility that routinely clear international general aviation,
corporate, and charter flights.
many airplanes land and take off each day at Spokane International
Airport currently averages over 180 daily aviation operations.
An operation can be either a take-off or a landing. This includes
passenger and cargo carriers, general aviation, charter flights
and military aircraft.
the airport offer any special assistance, such as escorts?
International Airport police will escort travelers to their vehicles
the airport oversee the checkpoint security area where the metal
detectors are located?
Passenger Security Checkpoints are the responsibility of the Transportation
Security Administration a federal agency that is part of the Department
of Homeland Security.
is responsible for the operation of the airport?
City and County of Spokane jointly own Spokane International Airport,
Felts Field Airport, and the Airport Business Park (Spokane Airports).
The operating authority of Spokane Airports is the Spokane Airport
Board, consisting of seven appointees from the two governmental
bodies. All three facilities are financially self-sufficient from
revenues generated from fees, leases and concession agreements.
None of the three entities receive, nor are operated with, appropriated
tax dollars. With regards to Spokane International Airport, the
following is additional information concerning its sources of
International Airport maintains a residual budget agreement with
the airlines serving this market. Under this agreement, the airport
deducts from its total annual budget all revenue from non-airline
sources. The airlines then are responsible for payment of the
remainder (residual) amount, and the rates are set accordingly.
The commercial operators and tenants pay rental fees, landing
fees, and concession fees (a percentage of gross revenues).
sale of revenue bonds funded the construction of the airport's
two parking structures built in 1979 and 2001. The bond payments
are generated from parking revenue. This is the same financial
mechanism used to construct Concourse C in 2000. Those bonds were
repaid through funds generated by the $4.50 Passenger Facility
Charge in a time period of less than 10 years. In 2007, bonds
were sold to construct the consolidated rental car facility. The
bonds are paid through "Customer Facility Charges" assessed
to each car rental transaction. The original terminal building
that opened in 1965 was partially financed through bonds
Facility Charge is a $4.50 fee collected on each departing passenger
and those making connections through the airport. Congress established
the PFC program in 1990 to allow airports to fund development
of facilities to increase capacity, improve safety and security,
and reduce noise. The FAA must approve each individual construction
Revenues collected from airport-generated activities such as concession
programs, lease agreements and parking fees.
Airport Improvement Program is an 7.5% ticket fee collected on
each airline ticket. These funds are held in the Aviation Trust
Fund and dispensed by the FAA through grants appropriated by Congress.