Description of Service
Spokane Airports is jointly owned by Spokane County and the City of Spokane. The city and county operate the airports under provisions of RCW 14.08, which establishes the operation of airports by more than one municipality under joint agreement. The operating authority of Spokane Airports is the Spokane Airport Board, consisting of seven appointees from the two governmental bodies. The Board annually invests approximately $30 million in capital improvements utilizing various funding sources.
The Board operates three facilities: Spokane International Airport, Felts Field Airport, and the Airport Business Park, as well as has a Grant of Authority to operate Foreign-Trade Zone #224.
Spokane International Airport is a 6,100-acre commercial service airport served by five airlines and two air cargo carriers. The airport processed 3,133,342 total passengers and 69,218 U.S. air cargo tons in 2015. It is the second largest airport in the State of Washington and recognized by the FAA as a small hub.
Felts Field is a 400-acre general reliever airport that had 50,729 aviation operations in 2015 and is home to over 177 aircraft and nine commercial tenants. The airport has a Fix Based Operator and avionic services available. The Airport has two paved runways and a turf landing strip as well as the ability to accommodate water landings on the adjacent Spokane River.
The Airport Business Park is an industrial and business park development that comprises 600 acres. Strategically located adjacent to the airport facilities and Interstate 90, it has 28 buildings and 22 tenants.
The Spokane Airport Board was formed in 1962 and has operated Spokane's airports since that time. The Board’s three properties are operated and maintained by revenues derived from rents and fees generated on the facilities. None receive appropriated tax dollars.
The geographic area served by Spokane Airports is all of what is known as the Inland Northwest, including Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, Western Montana and portions of Southern British Columbia and Alberta. 1.7 million people reside in this market area.