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Baggage theft suspects arrested

Three people were arrested on suspicion of stealing baggage at Spokane International Airport this week after airport police set up surveillance a day after a rash of stolen bags was …


Safer airport runway opens

The main runway at Spokane International Airport reopened to regular airline service on Saturday after being closed for a major upgrade in recent months. More than 100 workers moved dirt …


Getting There: Airport director dropping Wi-Fi, cart fees

Airline passengers annoyed by add-on fees will be pleased that Spokane International Airport is listening. Passenger surveys in recent years have shown that people who fly, many of whom are …


FAA dispute jeopardizes airport projects in Spokane, CdA

Inland Northwest airports may have major construction projects knocked off track by a congressional fight over the Federal Aviation Administration. A $3.3 million grant to finish a runway reconstruction at …


Horizon arrives to fill Southwest departure

Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air announced today it is going to fill the void left by Southwest Airlines in the decision by Southwest earlier this week to terminate direct service between Spokane …


Getting There: Airplane painting business takes flight

Rod Friese grew up in South Dakota, where out of high school he took a job painting trucks. Within a few years, he got a better job painting airplanes for …


Getting There: Runway work reaches halfway point at airport

Fifteen trucks ferry concrete in a constant stream to the northeast end of the main runway at Spokane International Airport. More than 100 workers are on the job, building a …


Decades later, servicemen’s remains returning to Spokane

A Marine private lost at the Battle of Tarawa in 1943 and an Army captain who died as a prisoner of the North Koreans in 1951 are finally coming home …


Pearl Harbor survivor dies

Ray Daves, the Navy radioman who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and the sinking of the USS Yorktown during the Battle of Midway, died Friday at the Spokane Veterans …


‘Radioman,’ tower namesake, dies at age 91

Ray Daves, the Navy radioman who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and the sinking of the USS Yorktown during the Battle of Midway, died Friday at the Spokane Veterans …


Face Time: New airport chief sees room for improved service

Larry Krauter became director of Spokane International Airport and Felts Field on March 28. The 45-year-old Ohio native had been interim executive of the Lehigh-Northhampton Airport Authority in eastern Pennsylvania.


Corrections buildings traced back to Air Force

People who want to replace the Geiger Corrections Center will have to quit referring to it as “old World War II Army barracks.” Actually, the buildings are old Cold War-era …


Leveling of main runway pushes air traffic to backup

A $25 million job to raise the northeast end of the main runway at Spokane International Airport begins today and will result in flights operating off the airport’s second runway …


Council approves airway zones

Spokane city leaders got a mixed message this week from landowners opposing stricter development rules near the Spokane International Airport. On one hand, developers argued for more freedom to build …


No Spokane cancellations from Southwest incident

None of the 79 airplanes Southwest Airlines pulled from service Saturday flew routes to or from Spokane, said Spokane International Airport spokesman Todd Woodard. Still, passengers in Spokane were experiencing …


City plans land-use changes for West Plains

Spokane officials are crafting new land-use rules for the West Plains in hopes of protecting the future of Spokane International Airport. On Jan. 1, Spokane will annex 10 square miles …


City foresees energy district

The potential for an energy-based development district around the Waste-to-Energy Plant could be compromised if the facility is not reclassified as an alternative-energy provider, Spokane officials said Wednesday. Mayor Mary …


Editorial: Overpaying fire districts doesn’t serve taxpayers

When a significant West Plains annexation agreement was reached a year and a half ago, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner hailed it as a sign of improved intergovernmental cooperation. Indeed, the …


Mobile home will help fire department serve West Plains

Spokane’s first fire station on the West Plains won’t be the usual classy brick structure typical of the city’s other 14 stations. It will be a double-wide mobile home.


Air traffic control tower named for WWII veteran, FAA retiree

There apparently is only one federal air traffic control tower named for anyone, and Spokane has it. By act of Congress, the tower at Spokane International Airport was named for …


New airport director confirmed

Spokane County commissioners join Spokane City Council in approving new director of Spokane International Airport.


Airport another step closer to a new director

The Spokane International Airport is one vote away from having a new director.


Board picks Krauter as airport director

The Spokane International Airport board of directors Wednesday recommended Larry Krauter be made the facility’s next executive director. The nomination of Krauter, interim executive director of the Lehigh Valley Airport …


Caldwell: Cultural healing in business takes time

New runways, tarmacs, rental car facilities and other improvements will have cost Spokane International Airport more than $100 million by the time the dust settles in 2013. Now, for a …


Work relocates Fairchild tankers

Don’t be surprised to see U.S. Air Force jets sharing the runway at Spokane International Airport. Eight aerial refueling tankers will be temporarily based at Spokane International this year while …


Three finalists for airport director named

Spokane International Airport will have a new director by March 1, and improved traffic flow sometime in 2012, if events follow timelines discussed Wednesday by airport board members. These are …


Western Aviation to service Felts Field

A longtime tenant of Felts Field will take over responsibility for fueling planes, and plans to add other services under a contract approved Wednesday by the Spokane International Airport board …


Area travelers opt out of protest

Delays at the Spokane airport as well as nationally were minimal Wednesday despite a planned national protest of heightened airport security measures. “It would have taken longer to protest than …


Spokane, U.S. airports don’t see anticipated delays

Delays at the Spokane airport as well as nationally were minimal today despite a planned national protest of heightened airport security measures.


Airport directors OK budget on same fees

Spokane International Airport directors unanimously voted Wednesday to pass along a proposed $60.3 million budget to Spokane County and the city of Spokane for approval. The 2011 budget, split into …