LWS Air Cargo…The Hidden Economic Multiplier

Air Cargo…it’s one of the worst kept secrets in the regional economy.  In fact, it works so well we’ve come to take it for granted.  But imagine what would happen if suddenly–it were gone.

The auto parts store in Enterprise, Oregon would have to begin stocking huge inventories to overcome long delivery times.  The costs of medical services in Orofino, Idaho would climb because they couldn’t rely on medical supplies reaching them on time.  There would likely be no Amazon.com or Ebay.  And that broken, critical part in mills around the region would shut down production for days.  Universities and colleges from Pullman to Moscow to Clarkston and Lewiston would find it frustrating—at best—getting the results of research to Washington, D.C.  So seamless, flawless, and essential has air cargo become in today’s world, it’s hard to imagine the region competing in the business world without it.

Air cargo has been around for a long time, but only since the dawn of the computer age has it become the hidden economic multiplier, and the Lewis-Clark Valley became the regional air cargo hub for Northeastern Oregon, Southeastern Washington, and North Central Idaho some time ago.  Hard to imagine, since one air cargo aircraft initially was enough to take care of local needs.  But demand for service soon brought additional airlines and aircraft.  And today, FedEx and UPS, the largest and third largest air cargo companies in the world make daily flights in and out of the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport.  And both companies have added flights to meet demand.  UPS brings air cargo in and out from and to Seattle, delivering part of the load to its ground facility in North Lewiston and other part to another air cargo aircraft for delivery to Grangeville where it’s shipped out by truck.  FedEx, on the other hand, brings cargo in and out from Spokane where it goes out on the orange and blue trucks to Enterprise, Grangeville, Moscow, Pullman and all points in-between and around.

And why the Lewis-Clark Valley?  Simple.  If your parcel needs to be there on-time-on-schedule, the air cargo carrier needs an airport whose operational ready rate is high.  And there’s not one in the Pacific Northwest that’s open more than LWS.

The Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport provides quick, cost-effective, convenient air service for North Central Idaho, Southeastern Washington, and Northeastern Oregon.  Daily flights are available to Seattle, Boise, and Salt Lake City with connections anywhere in the world.