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.
There’s been a lot of printer’s ink dedicated lately to the concept of competition between the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport and the Pullman-Moscow Airport. Understandable, because there’s been a lot of attention paid to the Pullman airport’s plans to bring itself into compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety standards. That’s probably newsworthy if for no other reason than it has become one of the most expensive airport projects ever in the Northwest Mountain Region. We think it’s a good thing Pullman finally did something about their airport, and we congratulate them for finding enough money in the FAA coffers and local taxpayer’s pocket to pull it off. Safety standards are not something to be trifled with. We’re just not sure the amount of tax money being spent in an effort to make the airport more like the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport is competition. The Lewiston Morning Tribune estimates the Pullman project will cost on the high side of $120 Million. There are reports they don’t know yet where all the local match is coming from, so the final price tag is not settled. Residents of the two Palouse cities still need, also for the sake of FAA safety standards, to buy land from Washington State University, one of the Airport’s board members. It isn’t vacant land, and it won’t be cheap. And when all the money is spent and the fog settles in, the Pullman-Moscow Airport will still be the Pullman-Moscow Airport. It will still be a single runway operation, it’ll still have some airline service and a few private hangars and it will still have one local business to provide fuel and flight instruction. Without still more taxpayer money and more land, growth potential is limited.
Meanwhile, the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport is just beginning to grow, already pumping 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 ome. 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. Improvements are on the drawing board to make airline passenger screening more user friendly with the latest technology. A new airport operations building is ready for bid, and engineering is underway to resurface one of the two runways and install state of the art lighting systems. LWS is also 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 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.
Competition? LWS is already an all-weather, precision instrumented, air traffic controlled facility with a full range of aviation services. It’s also moving toward the FAA’s often-stated, seldom taken serious goal of being self-sufficient. The only competition LWS has is itself, being better every day than it was the day before.
- 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