The Spokane International Airport terminal expansion project is progressing

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Spokane International Airport officials are moving forward with an expansion project to meet the region’s growing demand for air travel.

At a news conference held at the airport on Wednesday, US Senator Maria Cantwell stressed the need for a federal grant to fund the terminal’s expansion and renovation.

“We know very well that companies like to settle near airports. It helps reduce costs and allows them to reach markets,” Cantwell said. “The terminal renovation and expansion project, known as TREX, will allow the airport to accommodate growing passenger traffic and expand economic opportunities for this area.”

The airport submitted a $65 million grant application to fund the project with Cantwell’s support. The money would come from last year’s bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Airport officials expect groundbreaking to take place in August for the first phase of the expansion project, which is estimated to cost $150 million. It would add 144,000 square feet and three gates to Terminal C and expand the ticketing area, upgrade the building’s HVAC system, and consolidate the baggage system.

Spokane International Airport CEO Larry Krauter said the expansion is the first major terminal renovation and expansion project to be completed at the airport in more than 23 years.

The airport is nearing its pre-pandemic level of more than 4 million passengers, and the expansion will provide much-needed space for future growth, Krauter said.

The project also calls for ADA-accessible improvements; areas for caring for companions and nursing mothers; pet relief areas; and new concession, food and beverage options.

“Increasing the capacity of our airport and better connecting Spokane air travel to new markets will allow the Spokane economy to better engage with other metropolitan areas, growing tourism and business market developments, and relocations,” said Mark Mattke , CEO of the Spokane Workforce Council. “And the TREX project will support our economic expansion efforts and lead to greater prosperity for eastern Washington.”

Phase 1 of the project is scheduled for completion in 2025. Subsequent phases of TREX depend on the future availability of grant funds.

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