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What’s next for the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport?

The Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport is not currently under construction, however there are more big changes that will be taking off.  

The small airport located in Pullman is now be up to code after nearly five years of being under construction, and there are more updates to come. There have been a lot of questions regarding what’s next for the airport, and what it will do now that it’s up to code.  

There has been talk of adding a flight to Denver, Colorado but this is not confirmed. Airport management is having a discussion with higher-ups about possibly adding a new flight. But how is management able to communicate with higher-ups? 

Tony Bean, executive director of the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport, explained the best thing about having an up-to-code runway is that now the airport can discuss important issues with an air carrier.  

“I mean, they’ve got to choose from four hundred other cities in the United States, why would they want to choose ours. Now we meet standards,” Bean said.  

In other words, with the runway realignment back in October 2019, the airport is up-to-code, which means it can receive the funding it needs from the Federal Aviation Association in order to improve. This can include adding a flight to Denver.  

Along with the $24 million grant for the runway realignment, the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport recently received two more grants. The six million dollars the airport received is the last bit of 

 money the airport needs to finish the realignment project. The airport has a new runway, now all it needs is a new taxiway to go along with it.  

The other grant is for one million dollars, which will be used to build a new terminal. With this new terminal will come more space, and more parking to compensate for the terminal. According to Bean, the new terminal is slated to be built in the next two years, so the airport won’t have to close like it did for those 30 days back in October.  



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