Spokane International Airport

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Spokane International Airport
Geiger Army Airfield
Aerial GEG August 2010.JPG
Spokane International seen in 2010, viewed from the south
Airport type Public
Operator Spokane County-City
Serves Inland Northwest
Location Spokane, Washington, USA
Elevation AMSL 2,385 ft / 727 m
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Website SpokaneAirports.net
KGEG is located in Washington (state)
Location of Spokane International Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 11,002 3,353 Asphalt
7/25 8,199 2,499 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Cargo Increase61,366
Passengers Decrease3,005,315

Spokane International Airport (IATA: GEGICAO: KGEGFAA LID: GEG) is a commercial airport about 5 miles (8 km) west of downtown Spokane. It is the primary airport for Spokane, Eastern Washington, Coeur d'Alene, and North Idaho. It is the second largest airport in Washington, with over 3 million passengers in 2010.


Delta Connection CRJ-700 taxis to the Concourse B Gate B6 at Spokane International Airport.
United Express ERJ-170 taxis towards the active runway at Spokane International Airport.
Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 seen at Concourse B Gate B8 at Spokane International Airport.

Spokane International Airport provides 24 gates on 3 concourses. Gates on Concourse A are numbered 11–15, gates on Concourse B are numbered 1–8, and gates on Concourse C are numbered 22–25 and 30–32.

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations Concourse
Alaska Airlines Seattle/Tacoma C
Alaska Airlines
operated by Horizon Air
Boise, Portland (OR), Seattle/Tacoma C
American Airlines Phoenix B
Delta Air Lines Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Atlanta
Delta Connection Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul
Southwest Airlines Boise, Denver, Las Vegas, Oakland, Phoenix
Seasonal: Chicago–Midway
United Airlines Denver B
United Express Denver
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare


Airlines Destinations
Airpac Airlines Seattle–Boeing
Ameriflight Ephrata, Lewiston, Portland (OR), Seattle-Boeing, Tri-Cities (WA), Wenatchee, Yakima
FedEx Express Indianapolis, Memphis, Oakland
FedEx Feeder
operated by Empire Airlines
La Grande, Lewiston, Moses Lake, Pendleton, Vancouver, Wenatchee, Yakima
UPS Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Des Moines, Louisville, Portland (OR), Seattle–Boeing, Tri-Cities (WA), Vancouver
Western Air Express Boise, Portland (OR)


Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from GEG (Oct 2014 – Sep 2015)[2]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 513,000 Alaska, Delta
2 Denver, Colorado 192,000 Southwest, United
3 Portland, Oregon 166,000 Alaska
4 Salt Lake City, Utah 128,000 Delta
5 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 121,000 Delta
6 Phoenix, Arizona 109,000 Southwest, US Airways
7 Las Vegas, Nevada 83,000 Southwest
8 Oakland, California 79,000 Southwest
9 Boise, Idaho 49,000 Southwest
10 Los Angeles, California 26,000 Delta
Airline market share
Largest Airlines at GEG
(Sep. 2014 – Aug. 2015)
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 Horizon Air 830,000 27.76%
2 Southwest Airlines 732,000 24.48%
3 Delta Air Lines 409,000 13.68%
4 Alaska Airlines 398,000 13.32%
5 SkyWest Airlines 232,000 7.77%

Annual traffic

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at GEG, 1990 through 2014[4][5]
Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers
2010 3,181,616 2000 3,068,890 1990 1,619,880
2009 3,055,081 1999 3,041,626
2008 3,422,110 1998 2,949,833
2007 3,471,901 1997 3,043,238
2006 3,224,423 1996 3,258,762
2005 3,197,440 1995 2,988,575
2014 2,986,652 2004 3,059,667 1994 2,687,482
2013 2,926,858 2003 2,789,499 1993 2,329,953
2012 3,005,664 2002 2,745,788 1992 1,855,954
2011 3,072,572 2001 2,880,186 1991 1,589,123


World War II Geiger Field Postcard
Geiger Field in 1943

Known as Sunset Field before 1941, it was purchased from the county by the War Department and renamed Geiger Field after Major Harold Geiger, an Army aviation pioneer who died in a crash in 1927.

During World War II, Geiger Field was a major training base by Second Air Force as a group training airfield for B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombardment units, with new aircraft being obtained from Boeing near Seattle. It was also used by Air Technical Service Command as an aircraft maintenance and supply depot; Deer Park Airport and Felts Field were auxiliaries.

Geiger was closed in late 1945 and turned over to War Assets Administration (WAA), then transferred to Spokane County and developed into a commercial airport. The airport hosted USAF Air Defense Command interceptor units during the Cold War for air defense of Hanford Nuclear Reservation and Grand Coulee Dam. Built in 1942 as the Spokane Air Depot, Fairchild Air Force Base is four miles (7 km) to the west.

It became Spokane's municipal airport in 1946, replacing Felts Field, and received its present name in 1960, after the City of Spokane was allotted Spokane Geiger Field by the Surplus Property Act.[6] The airport code is still GEG, for Geiger Field.

The current terminal complex opened in 1965 and was designed by Warren C. Heylman and William Trogdon.[7]

Occasional non-stop flights to southern California since the 1970s have been among the first to be suspended during economic downturns.

Growth and expansion

Entrance to the A and B concourse ticketing area.

A second level was added to Concourse A and Concourse B in 1974.[8]

The airport has a Master Plan,[9] which includes a third runway and gates added to Concourse C.

A new control tower has been built south of the airport, replacing the one near Concourse C. The new control tower is the tallest one in the State. The Terminal, Rotunda, and Concourse C Enhancement Project (TRACE) was recently completed, designed by Bernardo/Wills Architects, P.C.[10] The project, which concluded in November 2006, added retail space and expanded security checkpoints in the airport's three concourses, and gave the Rotunda an aesthetic renovation. In 2010, 2000 feet was added to Runway 3–21, and parallel taxiways 'A' and 'G' enabling heavier aircraft departures in summer months.

The airport plans to add another concourse in the next 5–10 years and looks to add more direct flights to the east coast; the Spokane market has been hosting big events and attracting business to the area.[citation needed]

Accidents and incidents

  • On January 21, 1981 a Beechcraft Model 99A, Cascade Airways flight 201, crashed into a hill 4.5 miles from the runway. The accident was caused by an incorrect distance measuring equipment frequency, and premature descent to minimum descent altitude. Of the nine people on board, seven were killed (including both pilots), and the other two passengers were seriously injured. The airline ceased operations about five years later.[11][12]
  • On March 18, 1994, Douglas DC-3C N3433Y of Salair crashed shortly after take-off on a cargo flight to Portland International Airport. The starboard engine failed shortly after take-off. The engine that failed had previously been in long-term storage and had been overhauled the previous year and fitted to the aircraft on February 21, replacing an engine that developed a misfire and loss of power. It had accumulated 15 hrs flight time at the time of the accident. The aircraft was destroyed in the subsequent fire and both crew were killed.[13][14]
  • On January 5, 2016, United Airlines Flight 812, a Boeing 737, ran off the taxiway. The flight was bound for Denver. Frozen rain was on the taxiway at the time of the incident.

See also


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. http://www.spokaneairports.net/Pass_stats/12-12to.pdf
  2. WA: Spokane International&carrier=FACTS
  3. "Portland, OR: Portland International (PDX)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Retrieved Aug 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Air Statistics and Passenger Data. Retrieved on Mar 28, 2015.
  5. Historic Passenger & Cargo Data. Retrieved on Mar 28, 2015.
  6. Spokane International Airport: Frequently Asked Questions
  7. Spokane Airport Terminal – Historic Preservation Department
  8. "Terminal Roof Bid Accepted". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane. August 25, 1977. p. 7. Retrieved January 22, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Spokane International Airport: Twenty-year Master Plan Update
  10. Spokane International Airport: Terminal, Rotunda, and Concourse C Enhancement Project
  11. http://www.airdisaster.com/reports/ntsb/AAR81-11.pdf
  12. http://www.bruceair.com/aviation_writing/aviation_samples/Flight201.pdf
  13. "N3433Y Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved June 25, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "SEA94FA085". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved June 28, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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