Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport

Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport
PUW Terminal.JPG
Interior of main terminal
PUW is located in Washington (state)
Location of airport in Washington
Airport type Public
Owner Pullman Moscow
Regional Airport Board
Serves Pullman, Washington
Moscow, Idaho
 United States
Elevation AMSL 2,556 ft / 779 m
Coordinates 46°44′38″N 117°06′34″W / 46.74389°N 117.10944°W / 46.74389; -117.10944
Website pullman-wa.gov/airport/
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 6,730 2,051 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations 29,350
Based aircraft 71
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport (IATA: PUWICAO: KPUWFAA LID: PUW) is a public airport located in Whitman County in the U.S. state of Washington, two miles (3 km) east of Pullman and four miles west (6.4 km) of Moscow, Idaho. The airport is accessed via spurs from State Route 270, and has a single 6730 foot (2051 m) runway, headed northeast/southwest.

The rural airport in the Palouse region is the primary air link for its two land-grant universities, Washington State University in Pullman and the University of Idaho in Moscow. Both universities use the airport for jet charters from Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Air for their intercollegiate athletic teams. Horizon Air is the sole commercial airline serving the airport, flying Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft.

Routes are shared by Lewiston, Idaho, and Pullman through reversing circular routes that continue to the Sea-Tac hub south of Seattle, as well as flights to Boise, with stops in Lewiston.

Seattle air traffic control, 250 miles (400 km) west, manages commercial traffic for the airport. The nearest major airport is Spokane International, 90 miles (145 km) north.


Facilities and aircraft

Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport covers an area of 467 acres (1.89 km²) at an elevation of 2556 feet (779 m) above sea level. It has one asphalt paved runway designated 5/23, which measures 6730 x 100 feet (2051 x 30 m).[1]

The modest commercial terminal is a single large room, divided between pre- and post-security areas by a single security checkpoint and glass walls. The waiting area occupies all space beyond the checkpoint, but is not commonly used for waiting, as most passengers pass through the security checkpoint immediately before boarding. Both passenger gates are ground-level doors to the tarmac; passengers board via the fold-down aircraft-door stairs, or airstairs (for larger charter aircraft).

The post-security waiting area at PUW.

Gate 1 on the east side of the terminal is used by Horizon Air. A cat named "Dash" occupies the airport, and freely roams through the security checkpoint.

The public airport shares the runway with a fixed base operator, Interstate Aviation, which conducts chartered air service. Local engineering firm Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. owns and operates private hangers at the airport.

For the 12-month period ending April 30, 2008, the airport had 29,350 aircraft operations, an average of 80 per day: 85% general aviation, 14% scheduled commercial, 1% air taxi and <1% military.

At that time there were 71 aircraft based at this airport: 85% single-engine, 10% multi-engine,
4% jet and 1% glider.[1]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Alaska Airlines operated by Horizon Air Lewiston, Seattle/Tacoma


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for PUW (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-07-02.

External links

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