Yakima Airport and Aviation History
Main Features of the Yakima Airport
There are two crossing runways, 09-270 and 040-220. The main reason for different directions is the need to take off and land as much INTO the wind as possible. Runway 09-270 is preferred if wind is not a factor as it is the longest (over a mile) and keeps the aircraft away from denser residential property.
Yakima has a control tower that is staffed on a part-time basis. When the tower is staffed (generally from from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.), this is controlled Class D airspace. Pilots with radios (almost all aircraft have them) must contact the tower and tell them – 1. Who they are, 2. Where they are, and 3. Where they intend to go or do. Aircraft must have a “clearance” and follow the tower’s directions.
Yakima is a mixed use airport with commercial service provided by Horizon Airlines. Several business aircraft and general aviation aircraft call Yakima home. All total, over 48,000 annual operations are performed by the many users of the airport.
Overall on an annual basis, the Yakima Air Terminal tenants and visitors contribute over 657 jobs, $12 (million) in labor earnings, and $43 (million) in Economic Impact. (Source Washington State Department of Aviation).