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UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Spokane, Spokane County approve $89 million airports budget, expect more than 4 million annual passengers

Spokane County Commissioners and Spokane City Council approved a $89 million Spokane Airport budget Tuesday, which is slightly smaller than last year due to less spending on infrastructure projects.


Spokane International Airport receives federal grant to build rail, freight project

The Spokane International Airport has been awarded a federal grant that completes funding for a rail and truck transload facility project designed to attract aerospace and manufacturing industries on the …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

United Airlines announces direct flights from Spokane to Houston during summer season

Beginning in June, United Airlines will begin nonstop flights during the summer season from Spokane International Airport to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.


Spokane International Airport board plans to extend timeframe to collect passenger facility charges

The Spokane International Airport board is planning to submit a proposal to the Federal Aviation Administration that, if approved, extends the length of time it can collect passenger facility charges …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 3, 2019

B-17 Flying Fortress pilot who visited Spokane among seven killed in crash

Ernest “Mac” McCauley, 75, of Long Beach, California, had been flying the “Nine-o-Nine” B-17 for the Collings Foundation on several visits to Spokane of the Wings of Freedom Tour. The …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019

Seven killed in Connecticut crash of B-17 Flying Fortress that visited Spokane in July

The vintage B-17 Flying Fortress visited Spokane in July as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour crashed Wednesday during an emergency landing at an airport outside Hartford, Connecticut, killing …


Alaska Airlines to begin direct flights next year from Spokane to Los Angeles, San Francisco

Alaska Airlines will fly direct from Spokane to Los Angeles and San Francisco beginning early next year, the Seattle-based airline has announced.


Spokane International Airport board considering scaled-down terminal expansion plan

The Spokane International Airport is considering changes to its proposed expansion project, with a scaled-down design at a reduced cost that still includes expanded gate capacity and a centralized security …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019

High-definition, dynamic signage at Spokane International Airport showcases region’s offerings

Travelers passing through Spokane International Airport are being greeted with high-definition animated scenes of Spokane and Coeur d’Alene in terminals and ticket counters.


Alaska Airlines to offer direct flights from Spokane to Everett

The current schedule lists two daily flights. A flight from Spokane will leave at 7:40 a.m. and arrive in Everett at 8:55 a.m. A return flight will leave Everett at …


Cambria hotel under development on West Plains

Rockville, Maryland-based Choice Hotels International Inc. is expanding its Cambria Hotels brand to Washington state, with the first property under development on the West Plains.


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019

Spokane International Airport closing primary runway this week for maintenance

Spokane International Airport is closing its primary runway for two days this week to conduct routine maintenance.


UPDATED: Sun., June 9, 2019

If you’re planning a trip to San Diego, you have nonstop options

Travelers boarded Southwest Airlines’ new direct flight to San Diego, with some expecting their travel time cut in half.


Felts Field open house event to feature World War II bombers

Visitors will have the opportunity to see rare vintage aircraft up close, including a B-25 Mitchell and a TBM Avenger – two American bombers introduced and flown during World War …


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019

Spokane airport executive lobbies Congress for ‘user fee’ increase to $8.50 to finance improvements

The head of Spokane International Airport appealed to a congressional committee Tuesday to allow airports like Spokane’s to raise fees on passengers to fund development projects.


UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019

Facial recognition security checks will be vetted before they reach Spokane, airport leader says

U.S. Customs and Border Protection aims to utilize facial recognition at 20 major international airports on 16,300 flights per week by 2021. The technology is already being used at 17 …


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019

TSA to Spokane airport passengers: Stop trying to sneak loaded guns on planes in carry-on luggage

Eight people have been arrested this year at Spokane International Airport for trying to bring a gun on an airplane.


With at least 2,000 new jobs on the horizon, West Plains poised for rapid growth

After decades as Spokane’s low-profile neighbor, the West Plains is suddenly in the spotlight for employment, population growth and commercial development. Rapid development, bringing at least 2,000 new jobs, will …


Spokane International sees record number of passengers in 2018

More Spokane travelers are taking flight from Spokane than ever, according to Spokane International Airport, which is reporting a 12.6 percent increase in passenger activity in 2018, with passengers totaling …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019

Spokane airport security not affected by TSA sickouts, airport says

Spokane International Airport reported business as usual, despite a record number of TSA screener sickouts nationally, stemming from the partial government shutdown which began a month ago.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019

United flight out of Spokane strikes bird diverts to Seattle

A United Airlines jet that took off Friday morning from Spokane struck a bird and then faced visibility problems at the airport that prompted the pilots to divert to Seattle, …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019

How the shutdown affects WSU, Mount Rainier, wheat farmers and more

The effects could be felt beyond the roughly 6,100 federal employees who live and work in the Spokane metro area and North Idaho.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018

Dry, cold temperatures ring in region’s new year

New Year’s Day begins under partly cloudy skies and temperatures hovering around 30 degrees in Spokane, the National Weather Service predicted.


Spokane International Airport deploys passenger assistants to help travelers get through screening

Next time you’re at the Spokane International Airport, you might see people in lilac suit coats helping direct passengers through security. The airport has hired “passenger assistants” to help inexperienced …


Spokane International Airport on pace to break last year’s travel record with new direct flights

Air travelers are flowing in and out of Spokane International Airport at a pace previously unseen in history as the economy remains strong and new nonstop flights give commuters more …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018

New rail project on West Plains aims to help county recruit Boeing factory

Spokane county, city and airport officials are building a $2 million short-line rail on the West Plains with hopes it can help attract more aerospace and manufacturing companies.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018

Near-record number of travelers expected next week; weather promises to be fair

Thanksgiving travel is expected to be at record high levels with thousands of people taking to the air or road during the holiday.


Here are Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ recent bills that became law and her votes on high-profile legislation

The fourth-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives is touting a historically proficient record in this Congress, pointing to six legislative actions she’s worked to get signed into law at …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018

Foggy conditions cause flight diversions from Sea-Tac to Spokane

A blanket of fog over the Seattle area was blamed for multiple flights being diverted to the Spokane International Airport, causing delays Friday for local takeoffs.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 6, 2018

Attorney: Take death penalty off table in N. Idaho stabbing death of cab driver

A defense attorney said a man charged with first-degree murder in northern Idaho shouldn’t face the death penalty due to his young age.