A Guide to Airports in Washington State, USA

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You can reach Seattle from the many airports in the state of Washington

Are you planning a trip to Washington State? Or are you looking to fly out of an area within Washington? If so, knowing which airports are available to fly in and out of is helpful information to have.

There are dozens of airports in Washington State, USA, but only a handful operate frequent passenger flights to and from major US cities.

This guide to airports in Washington State will outline these popular airports. It will include some that operate international flights as well.

The guide will also highlight the facilities and amenities available, destinations covered (to and from), and airlines operating at each airport.

If you need to travel to or from this area in the Pacific Northwest, then keep reading to learn about the ten state of Washington airports you can use.

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10 Washington Airports

SeaTac is one of the biggest airports in Washington State, USA
Seattle International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Washington State, USA

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is the busiest of the airports of Washington State. The airport is conveniently located just outside downtown Seattle and is about a 20-minute drive from the city center.

If you are short on time when visiting Seattle, flying into Sea-Tac would be your best bet. It would allow you to make the most of the many fun things to do in Seattle.

There are flights to and from Seattle Tacoma International Airport, including those to and from international locations. These destinations include London, Tokyo, Cancun, and Seoul. The airport also services flights to all major US cities.

Over 30 airlines fly from here, including Alaska Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Air Canada. The airport has many facilities as well. You'll find multiple dining options, including dine-in, take-out, and various retail outlets.

Other facilities and amenities include free WIFI, charging outlets, a kids' play area, and a pet relief area if traveling with animals. Duty-free is also available, and those with the credentials can access airline lounges.

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Spokane has its own airport which flies to many US destinations

Spokane International Airport

Spokane International Airport (GEG) is the second busiest airport in the state. It's about seven miles from downtown Spokane. You can fly to and from many US cities directly from this airport. These cities include Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

In addition, many airlines operate out of Spokane International Airport, including Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta. International direct flights are not currently offered. However, many passengers connect to other cities via Spokane to catch international flights.

There are various fast-food dining outlets at Spokane Airport, including Starbucks and Burger King, and bars like Spokane Tap Room. You'll also find multiple newsstand shops selling reading materials, snacks, and other essentials.

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You can fly into Bellingham to see attractions like Whatcom Falls Park

Bellingham International Airport

Bellingham International Airport (BLI) is about three miles northwest of central Bellingham. It's a reasonably small airport convenient for those living in the area.

US destinations serviced by flights here include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Oakland. You can also fly to Seattle from Bellingham. Currently, you cannot fly directly between Bellingham International Airport and any international destination.

The four airlines operating out of Bellingham are Alaska Airlines, San Juan Airlines, Allegiant, and Southwest Airlines. Free WIFI is available to all passengers, and there are a few food options and concessions where you can buy snacks, reading materials, and other in-flight essentials.

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Tri-Cities Airport

Tri-Cities Airport (PSC) is in Pasco, Franklin County, Washington. It is the fourth-largest airport in Washington. This airport flies directly to ten US cities, such as Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix.

Like all airports in WA state, Tri-Cities operates flights to and from Seattle. Unfortunately, you cannot fly internationally at the moment. Airlines operating here include Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, and Delta.

Flyers can also find a selection of dining options, including a bar and grill and take-out shops. There's additionally a gift shop and concession selling in-flight necessities.

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Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport is located close to Washington State University

Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport

Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport (PUW) is in Whitman County, Washington. It gets its name due to being two miles from Pullman, Washington, and four miles from Moscow, Idaho. It's also close to the Washington State University campus, making it a good airport for WSU students to fly to.

The main flights in and out are coming from or going to Seattle-Tacoma. These flights are direct and operate daily. Horizon Air, a branch of Alaska Airlines, runs the flights. Starting August 2021, Air Alaska will also fly to Boise, Idaho, out of this airport.

As a small public airport, no facilities such as shops or restaurants exist. Passengers tend to go straight through security and board.

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Pangborn Memorial Airport

Pangborn Memorial Airport (EAT) is located in Douglas County, four miles from the city of Wenatchee. Pangborn Memorial is another airport in WA that flies to various US cities such as Sacramento, Las Vegas, and Boise.

The only airline currently operating out of Pangborn Memorial Airport is Alaska/Horizon. You cannot take direct international flights to or from this airport.

Being a smaller airport, facilities are minimal. There is free WIFI, a cafe, ATM, and vending machine. If used to flying from airports with more amenities, be sure to pack everything you need.

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Friday Harbor is known for it's marina and port but also has an airport

Friday Harbor Airport

Friday Harbor Airport (FHR) is a small airport that operates passenger flights to other areas in Washington State. It's located just outside of the town of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.

This airport operates flights to Seattle as well as to East Sound, Everett, Bellingham, Lopez Island, and Anacortes. The airlines flying here are Kenmore Air and San Juan Airlines. Like some of the other small airports in Washington, facilities at Friday Harbor Airport are limited.

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Walla Walla is a small city with lots of farmland and its own regional airport

Walla Walla Regional Airport

Walla Walla Regional Airport (ALW) is located in Walla Walla County, Washington. Interestingly, this airport was used as a base for the United States Air Force during World War II. Today, it offers passenger flights to limited US destinations.

Walla Walla Regional is another of the airports of Washington that flies daily to Seattle. Again, these flights are operated by Alaska Air.

Various cargo flights to Seattle-Tacoma and Yakima Air Terminal also fly from Walla Walla. This airport offers free WIFI and power outlets, but no other facilities or airport lounges exist.

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Military planes take off from Yakima Air Terminal as well as some passenger flights

Yakima Air Terminal

Yakima Air Terminal (YKM) is three miles from Yakima in Yakima County. This is another small airport in Washington, but it does operate 16 daily passenger flights to Seattle-Tacoma. All flights are by Alaska Airlines.

Again, facilities at this airport are limited, with most passengers clearing security and boarding straight away. Despite this, if you need to travel between Seattle and Yakima, this airport makes it incredibly easy with flights throughout the day.

King County International Airport

King County International Airport - Boeing Field (BFI) is five miles from downtown Seattle. This airport flies passengers to two destinations: Friday Harbor and Eastsound.

King County International Airport is an ideal option for those who want to travel to and from these destinations as you avoid the crowds of Seattle-Tacoma. Kenmore Air operates all flights.

As a smaller airport, there are very few facilities. However, most passengers quickly clear security and board their flights, meaning shops and dining options aren't necessary.

Questions About Washington State Airports

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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the busiest airport in Washington State

How many international airports are in Washington State?

Washington State has only one airport that operates direct international flights: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The airport is located on the outskirts of downtown Seattle and sees around 20 million passengers pass through every year.

Sea-Tac currently operates flights to 28 international destinations. The flight to nearby Vancouver, Canada, is the most popular international flight from SEA. Other popular international destinations include London, United Kingdom, and Seoul, South Korea.

However, you can fly from many airports within Washington state to another US airport and connect to an international flight. In addition, there are other airports in Washington State called international airports, like Spokane International Airport, Bellingham International Airport, and King County International Airport. Yet, these airports do not offer direct international flights at this time.

What airports are in Washington State?

Washington State has almost 160 airports in total; however, these range from large public-use hubs to commercial-only and military airports. Washington State has ten to 12 main airports that are used by the public, including several mentioned in this list.

These include large hubs that fly nationally and internationally, like Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and medium and smaller local hubs, such as Bellingham International Airport and Walla Walla Regional Airport.

What are the major Airports in Washington State?

The major airport in Washington State is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This airport is the busiest in the state and one of the busiest on the West Coast. It is also the biggest airport in the state.

In fact, SEA accounts for around 90% of the state's air passengers. From Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, you can fly to an array of destinations in the US and across the world.

Currently, 91 US destinations can be reached, and there are routes to 28 international destinations. The most popular US destination is Anchorage, Alaska, followed by Las Vegas, Nevada, while Vancouver, Canada, is the most popular international destination.

After Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the busiest airports in Washington State include Spokane International Airport, Bellingham International Airport, and Tri-Cities Airport.

What is the main airport in Washington State?

As mentioned, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the main airport in Washington State. This airport is easily accessible from downtown Seattle and welcomes over 20 million passengers annually.

Conveniently, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport flies both nationally across the US and internationally to an array of destinations across the globe.

While waiting for your flight, you can take advantage of many airport amenities. These amenities include lots of bars, restaurants, and shops, as well as airport lounges. Duty-free shopping is also available for those flying internationally.

In Conclusion

If you are planning to fly in or out of Washington State, there are multiple airports to choose from. So, whether you want to reach a hub like Seattle to see its famous landmarks or visit a smaller town like Friday Harbor, this guide should have shown you how easy it is to find a Washington State airport that works with your travel plans.

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Written by Alli Sewell

allisewell EDITOR Currently based in Canada, Alli has also lived and worked in the UK and Brazil and traveled in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. She loves finding the best photo-ops and food and drink locations wherever she goes.

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