$150 million expansion project underway at Spokane International Airport

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane International Airport is making way for more passengers. A $150 million expansion will add three more gates, replace loading bridges in the eastern portion,  revamp existing gates, and add more ticket counters.

Airport officials were joined by local elected leaders to break ground on the Concourse C Expansion Project on Thursday.

“This timing is really strategic and critical because we want to deliver this additional gate capacity, so that we can continue to take this advantage of growth opportunities as Spokane continues to grow,” said Spokane International Airport CEO Larry Krauter.

The airport is seeing pre-pandemic passenger level numbers. In 2019, 4 million passengers traveled through GEG. Airport officials believe 2022 numbers will come close, especially with holiday travel right around the corner.

“This project is really creating a tremendous economic impact in the community. Just by virtue of the construction activity even when it’s done, the fact that we’ll be able to use the additional gates possibly for nonstop service or add frequency to markets that people want to travel in from our metro area,” Krauter said.

The expansion creates more opportunities for people vacationing and doing business in Spokane.

“This will help our existing businesses communicate, and contact with the rest of the world,” Spokane county commissioner Al French said.

The $150 million dollar project is funded through state, federal grants, and airport revenue.

“It’s a a major investment in our community and major investment in infrastructure and it’s not going to cost our taxpayers anything,” French said.

The project is expected to bring over 1,200 jobs to the community and $300 million worth of economic investment.

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