Flights into Tri-Cities for the conference should be arranged to land at the airport in Pasco in Washington state (not Washington D. C.), which is designated as “PSC” on flight information internet sites. The TRAC center (6600 Burden Blvd in Pasco, WA) that will be used for the conference, and the hotels that are near the TRAC center (Holiday Inn Express and Hampton Inn) are within about five miles of the airport. There are shuttle buses from the airport to these hotels so that it will not be necessary to rent a car for transportation. There are direct flights to the airport in Pasco (PSC) from the following cities:
- Salt Lake City (SLC)
- Seattle (SEA)
- Portland (PDX)
- Denver (DEN)
- San Francisco (SFO), and
- Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MFP)
As a result, flights into Pasco (PSC) for the conference can usually be made from most cities in the United States with only one or possibly two stops. If you will be flying into Pasco (PSC) for the conference, it is recommended that you fly in at the latest by Wednesday (July 19, 2017) so that you can register for the conference and hear the first session on Wednesday evening, stay for the entire conference through Saturday (July 22, 2017), and then fly back home on Sunday (July 23, 2017). For many, this schedule will require only three normal work days – Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
If you are coming from the east, it is better to plan your flight to stop at Salt Lake City (SLC) rather than Seattle (SEA) or Portland (PDX) in order to avoid the need to back-track from Seattle (SEA) or Portland (PDX) to Pasco (PSC). Often the flight from Seattle (SEA) or Portland (PDX) to Pasco (PSC) is on a turbo-prop, whereas the flight from Salt Lake City (SLC) in on a jet. The flight from Seattle (SEA) to Pasco (PSC) can also be rough due to bad weather coming over the Cascade mountains. It is also better not to drive to Pasco from Seattle or Portland as the driving time is about four hours and severe weather can be encountered on either drive. The airport at Pasco (PSC) is very nice and has just been updated, but is smaller than many other airports. Salt Lake City (SLC) is a main hub for Delta, so I recommend that you consider flying Delta through Salt Lake City (SLC) to get to Pasco (PSC). Flying through Denver (DEN) or Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MFP) to Pasco (PSC) can also work nicely.