the airport ever close?
Spokane 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 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. Though one may hear or read "the
airport is or was closed" that likely is not true.
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
is on a "first come first served basis." However, our
approximately, 5,000 parking spaces only begin to reach capacity
during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. In addition, we
have four different facilities and price structures:
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.
Parking Rate and Information PAGE
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. However, we
are in the processing of changing our ALP to reorient the third
runway to be situated parallel with Fairchild Air Force Bases
Runway 5/23. At this time, our aviation operations (take-offs
and landings) do not require the addition of a third runway. Design
and ground breaking is at least ten to fifteen years away.
many airplanes land and take off each day at Spokane International
Airport currently averages over 290 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.
screening equipment ruin my camera
film or computer media?
screening stations located in all concourses utilize multiple
technologies for detection of illegal objects. The "arch"
you walk under is a magnetometer that detects metal. The belt
where you put your carry-on items utilizes x-rays, the strength
of which is less than that emitted from a color television set.
Photographic film less than 1000 ASA is safe going through this
procedure. It is recommended that film faster than 1000 ASA be
hand inspected. Laptop computers are also safe utilizing the belt
inspection. Disk media files will not be erased.
are "Skycaps" and how much do you tip them?
are people who check your luggage curbside and carry your bags
inside the terminal building, and to and from the curb. They are
neither work for the airlines or airport, but are contract employees
of a third party provider who is hired by all of the air carriers
serving Spokane collectively. There is no charge for this service,
other than a voluntary gratuity. A standard tip for the Skycap
is $1.00 per bag; more if your luggage is very heavy or if you
utilize extra services such as escort or wheelchair assistance.
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?
Like the Skycaps, they neither work for the airlines or airport
but are Federal employees of the Transportation Security Administration
(TSA). Because of these arrangements, the airport has no authority
over the decisions made by their personnel or the policy procedures
that are implemented. Because of the contractual relationship
between screening and the carriers, travelers who have an issue
with this function are encouraged to contact the airline they
are, or were, flying. The TSA's mandated security measures are
becoming increasingly more stringent due to domestic and international
political instabilities and criminal activities.
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).
of revenue bonds is funding the current expansion of Concourse
C. Those bonds will be re-paid through funds generated by the
$3 Passenger Facility Charge in a time period of less than 10
years. In addition, the construction of the parking garage and
terminal expansion in the late 1970s was also financed through
revenue bonds and re-paid through the revenue generated by the
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
Airport Improvement Program is an 8% 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.
Revenues collected from airport generated programs.