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LATS Released; Future of Vista Field Still Unknown

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  Two years of waiting come to an end for both the city and the Port of Kennewick.  Now it's decision-making time.  Local leaders will discuss what's next for the Vista Field Airport.

Some want the land for purposes other than an airport.  The Port of Kennewick, which owns the airport, has said they won't make a decision on Vista Field's future until the Long-term Air Transportsation Study, or LATS, is released.  Now it's been released.

It doesn't specifically address any one airport; it's a state-wide study.  But one WSDOT leader with the study tells KNDU there is useful information, like sustainability of air travel in the Tri-Cities should Vista Field close shop. 
"As it exists, it appears if Vista were to close, in terms of concrete availability, it probably could be satisifed," says John Shambaugh.

It's important to note, nothing has been decided.  One Port of Kennewick leader tells KNDU they're just now absorbing and dissecting the information and won't make a decision for some time.  Meanwhile, KNDU attempted to get a comment from the city of Kennewick, but the city manager and mayor were not available.