People and products move easily and efficiently from here to points around the country and the world. Air, ground, and waterway shipping options are numerous. Air cargo flows through a major airport.
A regional intermodal transportation center, major highways and freeways, and railroad lines also service the area. Ocean shipping routes are reachable within 1-2 days. Trucking and rail routes connect the region to the rest of the country via Interstate 90, other major state and federal highways, and the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe, Union Pacific and regional lines.
AIRPORT IS REGION’S GATEWAY
Washington’s second largest international airport anchors the region. More than 3 million passengers and nearly 56,000 tons of cargo move through the Spokane International Airport annually. Commercial air service is also available from the Lewiston Nez Perce County Regional Airport and Moscow-Pullman Regional Airport.
MAJOR PASSENGER AIR ACCESS
Alaska, America West, Big Sky, Delta, Frontier, Horizon, Northwest, Skywest, Southwest, United, and United Express operate daily flights from Spokane International Airport. Nearly a dozen other regional airports accommodate corporate and private aircraft. Regional jet service is available from Lewiston via Skywest, and from Pullman and Lewiston via Horizon Air.
GOODS SHIP EASILY
All of the country’s major air cargo and packaging services operate in the region. Numerous local trucking companies provide ground shipping service. Several container shipping services are also available in the region for overseas distribution.
PORTS ACCESS GLOBAL MARKETS
The Port of Lewiston, Idaho is at the head of navigation of the Columbia and Snake River System, and the furthest inland on the West Coast. Water shipping can also be accessed along the Snake River through the ports of Clarkston, Wilma, Central Ferry, Garfield, Almota and Columbia. Cargo moved through these ports accesses ocean shipping at Portland, Ore. and Vancouver, Wash. The region shares eight ports of entry with Canada, six in Washington and two in Idaho. State highways feed six of those crossing.
A variety of shipping options, foreign trade zone, and extensive telecommunications infrastructure keep companies competitive in their target marketplaces and open doors to others.
Sources: Spokane International Airport; Lewiston Nez Perce County Regional Airport; Moscow-Pullman Regional Airport; Inland Northwest Economic Alliance research
Photo credits—University of Idaho Research Park: page top; Port of Lewiston: bottom right.