MOBflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1209 posts, RR: 3 Posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 27746 times:
What are the smallest airports in the USA that have the facilities and staff to process a commercial planes worth of inbound pax? I don't need a registry of airports that only have 'International' in their name (AEX) or that only do general aviation (PQL) - just airports that can accept commercial international flights.
ConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 27645 times:
also, keep in mind that an airport need not have commercial-sized customs/FIS facilities to maintain a flight to the major Canadian destinations, so that prolly puts some even smaller airports in reach of the title in question.
KELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6833 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 27568 times:
I'm sure ELP has to be somewhere on that list...
Currently, no scheduled international passenger flights, however there have been sporadic international flights through the years...I'm sure the terminal handles the occasional passenger charter to Mexico still.
The airport would kill to have a Mexico flight or two again.
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Knope2001 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3388 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 27500 times:
A number of years back Green Bay was officially designated "International", not by simple name change but by a change in facillity and classification. Want to schedule a charter to Frankfurt? GRB was in the past not able to handle it, but they can now.
I point this out not only to offer a small airport which is "international" but also to illustrate that "international" can mean a lot less than some might think. GRB has never had international service (there was J31 service from Toronto nearly 20 years ago but that doesn't count since those flights clear customs at YYZ) nor do they serve much in the way of scheduled or ad-hoc international charters, even just to Mexico or the islands. If ORD fogs in and international flights need to divert, I don't think GRB can even make phone calls and get people there to do customs in a few hours. But GRB is authorized for international service unlike, say, nearby Appleton which is not much smaller. So GRB is indeed "international".
Pilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 27436 times:
Don't know how it measures up in terms of size, but DAB here is quite small, and we DO have international flights. Vintage Props & Jets serves the Bahamas with Kingairs. The international terminal has a customs center, and even a jetway for a large commerical jet. The Kingairs don't use the jetway, obviously, but if anyone wanted it, it should still work.
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 31
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 27292 times:
Seeing as we've lost Air Canada, TACA, etc over the past two-plus years, and are left with no scheduled international service, you can go ahead and throw MSY on the list. Or better yet, start a new list: airports with the largest FIS areas that received the fewest flights. Yep, MSY would top that list
Tom at MSY
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AAflyguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 395 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 26818 times:
PSP actually has seasonal WestJet service to Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary. I believe this most recent winter season saw a peak of 15-16 weekly frequencies between the three Canadian markets and PSP. Of course it has picked up considerable demand in the wake of Harmony's end of service and Alaska's decision not to fly YVR-PSP for the season. But still, WestJet has thrown a lot of capacity into that relatively small market, and apparently it is doing very well. I suspect given the fact that their currency is now virtually even with the U.S. Dollar, more Canadians are inclined to come across the border because their money goes a lot farther than it used to.
JFKTOWERFAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1100 posts, RR: 14
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 26479 times:
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Obviously many places get services from neighboring countries. For "across the pond" type services BDL has the daily AMS flight. BDL has an international arrivals building with one jetway, the PAX clear customs here and the plane is the towed to the terminal for the outbound flight.
JET1977 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 66 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 26480 times:
Although SJC no longer has the following service, I definitely think they deserve a nod as a smaller airport; that had a diverse International Route Network. Back in 2001 AA used to fly two B772s: SJC-NRT & SJC-TPE. Additionally, AA flew SJC-CDG using their B763.
That service was in addition to AC's service to YVR & YYZ. Also AS and MX provided non-stop service to cities in Mexico as well.
Also, BDL may also qualify as a small airport that has international service. NW currently flies B752s BDL-AMS.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 29311 posts, RR: 25
Reply 23, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 26408 times:
Quoting RFields5421 (Reply 3): Air Canada flies a lot of affiliated turbo-props across the border to small US airports.
Manchester New Hampshire & Allentown, PA have B1900 service to CYYZ
Quoting Charlipr (Reply 16): How about CMH, they have 3 DH8 flights to Toronto? How many people fit on those planes?
Quoting AAflyguy (Reply 19): PSP actually has seasonal WestJet service to Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary. I
I think the OP was asking about U.S. airports where inbound passengers have to clear U.S. immigration/customs on arrival. All the flights mentioned above pre-clear before departure from the Canadian cities mentioned.
NW7E7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 536 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 26391 times:
FAI is pretty small and has a weekly Condor 763 flight from Yellowknife and departing to FRA. Air North operates a daily flight to Yellowknife. There are also a bunch of JAL 744 flights from NRT during the winter.
FAI has got to be the smallest airport in the US with scheduled passenger service to Germany with just over 31,000 people!
: BGR handles int'l charter flights for the government, if that counts. It's quite a small airport otherwise.
: That service never started. It was canceled about 2-3 weeks before it was supposed to start. No surprise there.
: TUS recently built a larger FIS facility. I took a tour of it last fall when out there attending a conference. They are hoping to continue growing Mex
: MCI is known locally as "KCI" or "Kansas City International". There were a number of years it was "International" in name only. It wasn't truly "Inter