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Todd Coleman, the Port of Vancouver’s former director, has been hired to lead the West Plains-Airport Area Public Development Authority.
Visit Spokane recognized Spokane Airports, local companies and hospitality employees this week with the organization’s 2018 tourism awards.
Nearly $8 million worth of work is planned for Felts Field this year and next to rehabilitate taxi lanes and make other improvements at the 1926 airport. That spending comes after $7.6 million was spent since 2012 on airport improvements. The work is part of a strategy by the Spokane Airport Board and its staff to create airport facilities that will draw new businesses and economic development.
A prominent historic hangar at Felts Field that hosted a Veterans Day tribute ceremony Tuesday could become the new home of the Honor Point Military & Aerospace Museum. Tobby Hatley, president of the Honor Point board, said museum organizers have approached Spokane Airports with an interest in purchasing the historic Northwest Airlines hangar, next to the Felts Field terminal building, for the future museum.
The air traffic control tower at Felts Field will not be closed by budget cuts but will remain open through September, the U.S. Department of Transportation said Friday. The department has enough money from emergency legislation passed recently by Congress to keep Felts and 148 other towers at smaller airports, including Lewiston, open, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.
Spokane Airports is at the forefront of an expanding legal challenge to the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to close the Felts Field air control tower and 148 others at small airports around the country. Officials from a number of those airports have contacted Spokane about joining a Spokane-led lawsuit filed Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, said Lawrence Krauter, Spokane International Airport CEO and director in Spokane.
Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday approved the sale of 400 acres of property near Airway Heights to the Spokane Airports, taking a substantial loss on their original purchase price in 2008. The Spokane Airport Board has agreed to buy the land as part of the airports’ long-range planning for the area east of Fairchild Air Force Base.