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Smallest True International Airports In The USA  
User currently offlineMOBflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1209 posts, RR: 4
Posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 22297 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.

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User currently onlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5800 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 22227 times:

Smallest by what measure? Market size, overall pax counts, number of flights, etc?

FAT currently sees a daily MX flight from GDL.
BFL was seeing 3X week MX flights from GDL but those were just suspended.



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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 22194 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.

User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 22169 times:

Quoting MOBflyer (Thread starter):
What are the smallest airports in the USA that have the facilities and staff to process a commercial planes worth of inbound pax?

What size plane? A 19 pax Beech from the Bahamas to Palm Beach or an A340 from Europe?

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

What determines small, the length of the runway? the number of scheduled flights? the number of average weekly passengers?

The US is way too big with too many airports to classify a few airports as the smallest international airports.

Every US state has at least one airport with customs and immigration facilities, most more though many are on-call for fee airports.

[Edited 2008-05-14 10:31:54]

User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 22135 times:

In terms of number of passengers per year, number of seats available, and number of daily flights, I believe it is BFL.


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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6370 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 22118 times:

I'm sure ELP has to be somewhere on that list...  Wink

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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User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5893 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 22095 times:
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BFI actually has a FIS facility for travelers for and from Canada.

User currently offlineKnope2001 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2893 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 22049 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".


User currently offlinePilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 21986 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.

User currently offlineMOBflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1209 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 21965 times:



Quoting Knope2001 (Reply 7):

That's what I was getting at. Airports like GRB.

Smallest as in passenger traffic - not your usual international suspects.


User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 21856 times:

I think Palm Springs - KPSP - has just one B737 - WestJet - from Vancouver each day - it's only scheduled intl traffic.

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 21842 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  wink 

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1461 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 21829 times:

Tucson International Airport has one AeroMexico Connect Saab round trip flight a day to Hermosillo, Mexico.

User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 21710 times:

EYW is pretty damn small,and don't they get Cubana?


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User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 21618 times:

SMX has the customs office open a few days a week to accept intl flights.


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User currently onlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5800 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 21550 times:



Quoting Boston92 (Reply 14):
SMX has the customs office open a few days a week to accept intl flights.

Except it is not set up for commercial international flights, only private flights and cargo.



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User currently offlineCharlipr From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2005, 340 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 21506 times:

How about CMH, they have 3 DH8 flights to Toronto? How many people fit on those planes?

User currently offlineVisityyj From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 21379 times:



Quoting Evan767 (Reply 13):
EYW is pretty damn small,and don't they get Cubana?

Yes, arrivals only ! Big grin


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8670 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 21379 times:

MLB- We get one LTU330 a week or used to and have props going to the Bahamas.

Hunter



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User currently offlineAAflyguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 358 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 21368 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.

AAflyguy


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 21274 times:

Actually, come to think of it, Miami Seaplane Base (MPB) might be the smallest international airport, flying to the Bahamas.

Sadly, I know of this airport only from the tragic accident:

http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20051219-0



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User currently offlineJFKTOWERFAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1100 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 21029 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.

Corey



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User currently offlineJET1977 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 66 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 21030 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.

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User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25117 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 20958 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.


User currently offlineNW7E7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 533 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 20941 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!


25 N186BD : BGR handles int'l charter flights for the government, if that counts. It's quite a small airport otherwise.
26 MAH4546 : That service never started. It was canceled about 2-3 weeks before it was supposed to start. No surprise there.
27 AAflyguy : 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
28 MCIGuy : 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
29 Jaysan : HPN - Flights fromm YYZ on AC
30 Dw9115 : What about Daytona Beach and the flights to the Caribbean they have on Vintage Props & Jets
31 Pilotboi : Already nominated. See reply 8.
32 MKE22 : What about PFN? Last I checked, it is international, and is pretty dang small!
33 PVD757 : You can add PVD to the list...
34 PWM2TXLHopper : An airport with "International" in it's name is a true international airport as long as there are customs facilities on the premises because it desig
35 Alphaomega : SFB has got to be in there somewhere - they have daily international flights (charters from the UK) but they are slowly expanding the destinations off
36 MOBflyer : As I provided in my thread starter, AEX - Alexandria International Airport, is an example of an airport that does not in any way have customs facilit
37 ABQopsHP : CRP has an FIS and has customs agents on duty. On occasion there are corporate as well as military DC9s/737s that stop here to clear customs then go o
38 PWM2TXLHopper : Theoretically, I suppose any airport that's designated "International" should be able to accept a commercial passenger flight assuming the airport ha
39 Ualflyer : ORF is a very small airport that is Internationally equipped. Although no flights at the moment regularly fly internationally, they did have non-stop
40 Xaphan : As far as freight is concerned, how about KSDF? We have UPS going just about everywhere they go from here.
41 FATFlyer : Actually they do just use the term, that is why the FAA makes it a point to say
42 Shanderawx : I once flew Horizon from YVR to BLI (Bellingham), still listed as international but no Canadian commercial flights listed on wikipedia.org.
43 Ginger727 : SFB is a small hub airport in terms of total passengers, but it is usually in the top 20 busiest international arrivals airports in the US for passeng
44 Ha763 : KOA Daily JAZ flight from NRT. Most of the year it's a 763, but during heavy travel periods they do send a 743.
45 Jetdeltamsy : DEC- Decatur, Illinois is a fully functioniong international airport. Customs facilities and the whole lot. The station was created a few years ago to
46 ROSWELL41 : I would argue BDL is the smallest, as I believe it is the smallest to have scheduled transatlantic passenger traffic. I personally would exclude Canad
47 ConcordeBoy : Interesting subject you raised. I've never been down there... how many available lines are in our customs area? Also, do you know what our max hourly
48 MCOGVADCA : SFB is much smaller and handles far more transatlantic traffic. Given your stated criteria, SFB unequivocally beats out BDL
49 UnitedFlyer : MFR is known as the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport....but I beleive the Customs facility closed a few years back. . .
50 Sleeperseat : LTU @ MLB??? From where is that one coming, i can't find a flight ex DUS neither ex FRA....
51 RFields5421 : SDF has customs and immigration officials - the company I work for has two biz jets stationed there, and several times each year pax and crew have to
52 Archer : Good Morning! ALB is "Albany (NY) International Airport." I believe we have only 3 B-1900 flights to Toronto each day. Hey, that's "international"!
53 Pe@rson : Is that based on VFR and O&D?
54 Jamincan : I know this is re: US airports, but two Canadian airports stand out in my mind - Whitehorse (pop. ~20000) gets regular flights with Condor to Frankfur
55 Willbdsp : Sault Ste Marie, Michigan is international, I think only in case Sault Ste Marie, ON is closed. They have two gates...domestic and international.
56 Avalon2862 : How about GSP? It was a small airport without jetways about 15 years ago... then it was expanded (i.e. runway lengthend, strengthened) to be able to h
57 MCOflyer : Well we used too. I think it was till April. Hunter
58 C150Driver : I would second that!
59 LesMainwaring : Actually, the service to Kent, which would have been a scheduled charter on Monarch during the America's 400th Celebration of Jamestown, never did fl
60 FATFlyer : Besides the VFR that people might expect, there is quite a bit of business traffic between Fresno and Mexico. A few business examples that I can thin
61 MKE22 : Yeah it was operated as a charter I believe.
62 ItalianFlyer : Didn't Grand Forks (GFK) at one point have nonstop service all the way up the road to Winnipeg (YWG) at some point? I loved having the L O N G 37 hr l
63 UltimateDelta : BTV should also probably be on this list, too.
64 Viscount724 : NW has stopped at both Fargo and GFK on their YWG-MSP route at various times in the past. YWG was NW's first international route. It celebrated it's
65 Lono : How about JNU... service to YXY ......and KTN service to Prince Rupert
66 AEramper1974 : AEX was formerly England AFB which closed in Dec 1992. They do still operate International flights, but they are military charters only. They usually
67 LTBEWR : SWF (Stewart International, near Newburg, NY) doesn't offer nor has ever offered any commercial international passanger flights, but has some customs
68 UltimateDelta : Burlington, VT (BTV) and Savannah (SAV) probably count right up there.
69 StarAlliance38 : ORF has international cargo and charter flights RIC has AC service. ORF had AC service before 2001
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