Skip to main contentSkip to main content
You are the owner of this article.
You have permission to edit this article.
top story editor's pick

Port of Longview OKs Kelso airport budget

  • 0
Airport Fuel Tank

Taylor Harp, of the Southwest Washington Regional Airport, fuels an airplane on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Kelso. The Port of Longview approved the airport's budget Wednesday, which includes upgrades to the facility's fuel tanks. 

Port of Longview commissioners Wednesday unanimously approved the budget for the regional airport in Kelso.

Commissioners OK’d the Southwest Washington Regional Airport budget for $3.05 million, up from $2.05 million in 2022. Owned and operated by the city of Kelso, the airport also has an agreement with the Port of Longview, the city of Longview and Cowlitz County.

Local leaders are hoping a new expansion at the Seattle Convention Center will bring new opportunities. It is North America's first high-rise convention center. The expansion nearly doubles its capacity, and officials say its close proximity to public transit and the airport make it ideal for events.

The airport budget was recently amended to include an approved $1.2 million loan from the Washington state Department of Transportation that will help pay for updated fuel system tanks.

Chris Paolini, the airport’s manager, has advocated for several years to replace the current 40-year-old aboveground fuel tanks that he said are outdated. Nationwide cost inflation put a halt on the project, which a WSDOT Community Aviation Revitalization Board loan recently put back on the table for approval.

As part of the interlocal agreement, each of the four entities will help the airport repay the loan over 20 years, with each party agreeing to pay $15,000 annually.

Sydney Brown is a news reporter for The Daily News covering education and environmental issues in Cowlitz County.


* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.


Sydney Brown started at The Daily News in March 2022 covering education and environmental issues in Cowlitz County. She has a degree in multimedia journalism from Washington State University's Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

Related to this story

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


News Alert

Breaking News