Welcome to the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport (LWS). Located the in beautiful Lewis Clark Valley, LWS is the gateway to north Central Idaho, southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon. Service by both Alaska and Delta Airlines provides easy access to the U.S. and the world—Alaska Airlines connecting through Seattle and Boise and Delta Airlines connecting through Salt Lake City.
Because of its low elevation and dry microclimate, LWS is able to maintain flight operations when other regional airports are “socked in” by weather and fog. In fact, LWS recorded the second best on-time commercial airline performance of all U.S. airports in 2013.
Check out LWS. Consider the convenience and all the costs—not only fares, but also the time and expense of driving, the possible need for overnight accommodations and, of course, the free parking at LWS. Compare, then decide.
Patience Pays Off; Authority Board Hires Airport Manager
After a nationwide effort to find the best and brightest, the search is over. The Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport Authority Board announced it has hired a new Airport Manager. Effective May 1, 2017, Stephanie Morgan will take the leadership role of the region’s largest and busiest Airport. Stephanie brings to the job years of experience at large and small airports and the airline industry as well. A recent MBA graduate from the University of Phoenix, her education, training, and accomplishments include a private pilot’s license with an instrument rating, education and athletic achievements through the United States Military Academy at West Point, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Administration through Parks College of St. Louis University.
Delta Adds to the Good News
I’m Stephanie Morgan, your airport manager. I arrived last week to a warm welcome and wonderful news that Delta Airlines is adding another flight to Salt Lake City commencing July 8th, every day through September. To all who went out of your way to welcome me, thank you! To Delta Airlines, who chose to invest in our community and region, thank you! If just half of those arriving on Delta’s new flight spend $450 in the region over the course of a year, that’s a $2.025 million direct shot in the arm! Add a normal multiplier and you’re talking some serious economic impact!
Now I’m pointing this out on our website not only to let you know we’re keenly aware there are good things happening, but to let you know we know there’s room for improvement. We’ve listened, we’re listening, and from facilities to the business mix to the way we treat you, we hope you’ll like the change. Some of it will be immediate; some will take a little time, but we’re about making positive change. For example, we’ve set plans in motion to make passenger screening more user friendly with the best people and the latest technology.
Did you know the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport pumps more than $54 million annually into the regional economy! In the past 5 years alone, eight, large corporate hangars have been constructed with private funds. Lifeflight, the largest medical evacuation helicopter service in the Pacific Northwest opened its own facility. That’s in addition to the two other helicopter businesses that already call LWS home. And one of the existing fixed based operations—ironically the oldest one—recently announced it is expanding its business to include executive aircraft fuel sales and transient services.
A new airport operations building is ready for bid, and engineering is underway to resurface one of our two runways and install state of the art lighting systems. LWS is home to the region’s premier aerial search and rescue operation, the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Air Posse which is on the cutting edge of technology, using drones in addition to traditional aircraft for its life-saving operations. Two of the nation’s largest and best air cargo companies have daily flights in and out, feeding business across a three-state area. The Airport Board of Commissioners recently welcomed a new flight instruction operation to the airport business community. And HUGE news…two new private developers are set for groundbreaking an antique aircraft-oriented complex on the airport’s south side, a happening which could very well change the look of local aviation for the next twenty years and bring on a totally different branch of tourism than the Region has ever seen.
Now before you move on to take a look at the rest of our website, let’s mention a few last things. LWS—that’s our “nickname”—is a dual runway, all-weather, precision instrumented airport. We have one of the best air traffic control towers in the nation—recipient of the Willie F. Card Award for the best CUSTOMER SERVICE. LWS has a full range of aviation services and we’d love to keep you informed. So check out our regular newsletter. Don’t subscribe? You’re missing out on a lot of fun…drop us an email and let us know you’d like to receive it.
P.S. EAA’s local Chapter 328 held its Annual Open House Pancake Breakfast Fly-In last Saturday. What a great time!
- November 2016 - October & November Meeting Minutes Have Been Added to the Website
- September 2016 - August & September Meeting Minutes Have Been Added to the Website
- Summer 2016 - Summer 2016 Newsletter is Now Available
- November 2015 - Now Accepting Applications for Airport Maintenance Technician
- November 2015 - September Meeting Minutes Have Been Added to the Website