Pierce County Airport - Thun Field (PLU)

About the Airport

Our mission is to provide proactive, customer-focused service with integrity, reliability and timeliness.

Located in central Pierce County, five miles from downtown Puyallup and the Washington State Fairgrounds, Pierce County Airport-Thun Field functions as a key community transportation and emergency services facility. The airport is home to popular community events, as well as a variety of businesses including two fixed base operators, the Hangar Inn restaurant, and the SIM Flight Center, which offers the county’s only full motion flight simulator open to the public. With Mt. Rainier only 25 miles to the southeast, Thun Field offers spectacular scenery from both the ground and the air. Pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike appreciate the location, the facilities, and the beautiful views of Thun Field.

PLU Yellow Plane - Mt Rainier

Capabilities

The runway at Thun Field, measuring 3,650 feet long by 60 feet wide, is capable of handling all general aviation aircraft, from light sport to small business jets. Available aviation support and airport services include:

Aircraft repair and maintenance
Aircraft storage and parking
Aviation fuel and oil sales
Avionics repair

Charter and business flights
Flight supplies and equipment
Flight training


Pierce County has been focusing on maintenance at the airport, and new hangar space will be coming soon.

Thun Field Webcam 

SpanaFlight provides webcam footage of the airport office facing the parking apron, fuel service area, and Mt. Rainier. Please note that the image does not automatically refresh.

webcam

Contact

We are available Tuesday - Saturday
from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Phone 
(253) 798-2478
Billing 
(253) 798-2576
Airport Manager
(253) 221-4637
After Hours Emergency 
(253) 798-6000
PLU AWOS
(253) 848-2748

Noise Complaint Hotline
253-798-8806

Planning for the Future: Airport Master Plan

Pierce County initiated the Pierce County Airport-Thun Field Master Plan to identify 20-year improvements for the airport. The master plan identifies long-term needs for facilities, equipment and services to position Pierce County Airport-Thun Field to accommodate community growth. 

The 18-month process to update the master plan began in October 2017. The plan:

  • Position the airport to meet community growth and interests
  • Accommodate existing and future aviation demands as envisioned by Pierce County
  • Align recommendations with Pierce County revenue and return benefit
  • Meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety standards and grant assurances

Pierce County now has a year-by year facility improvement plan which brings projects, people, and funding resources together in a coordinated manner.




Master Plan Development Timeline

Creating Opportunity

The goal of the PLU Masterplan is to provide a strategic framework for airport improvements that will create opportunities for economic development and capitalize on current airport infrastructure assets.

Funding

Key activities and improvements called out for implementation as part the PLU Masterplan are be funded through a series of grants from the FAA, Pierce County and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). Funded improvements are dependent on all partners providing funding.

Thun Field__ProposedProjects_Map