Yflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1055 posts, RR: 1 Posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 13538 times:
I'm not quite sure what it is, but there's something I like about small airports, so I thought I'd start a thread about them. For purposes of this thread I'm only counting airports you've flown to or from on a scheduled commercial flight (because I'm sure those of you who are GA pilots have flown to some tiny airports.)
The smallest airport I've flown to was LSE (La Crosse, WI), which had 111,458 enplanements in 2008 according to the FAA preliminary report, available here. In the grand scheme of things that isn't that small, as that still puts it in the upper half of the rankings.
Nevertheless, it definately feels like a small town airport. The sterile area is basically a room with enough space for one flight's worth of passengers, so you can't go through the checkpoint until just before your flight. Not that there's any reason you'd want to go through sooner than that; the only ammenity in the sterile area is a vending machine. The airport has 3 gates, 2 on the ground level, and one on the upper level, I assume to handle mainline aircraft. The girl at the Northwest ticket counter clearly did just about every job at the airport. When she showed up to check us in she was wearing an orange vest; she likely just come in from unloading the bags from the inbound flight. When it was time to board she was the one working the gate.
I flew there on a Saab 340, and my return flight was on a CRJ-200.
DesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1465 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 13533 times:
Los Alamos, NM in 1973. We flew on a Piper twin. I do not remember the name of the airline.
Loreto, Baja California Sur was rather small. Also, Flores, Guatemala while visiting the ruins at Tikal. There is something wonderful deplaning and boarding from the tarmac; a chance to look into the engines and admire the large or small aircraft you are boarding.
YXD172 From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 449 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 13522 times:
Smallest for me: YKF (Kitchener/Waterloo, ON). I've only flown to YKF, never from, on WS. There's something nice about deplaning by open stairs and seeing your family (and many others) on the other side of a chain-link fence just in front of the aircraft.
At the time, there were only 4 flights a day, one of them mainline. There was only one baggage carousel, so both domestic and international flights passed by the immigration and customs desks, although they weren't staffed for domestic arrivals. I wonder what would have happened if two flights arrived at once (international and domestic)?
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HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 13411 times:
In the U.S. it likely is LAW.
Europe: Technically I used BVG (Berlevåg) in Northern Norway, listed to having had 4264 pax in 2005 on its 800-meter runway, but for me it was only an intermediary stop on a multi-stop flight by WF from Kirkenes (KKN) to TOS:
So, disregarding all airports, I have not physically set foot onto, it seems to be MHG with its 175,000 pax in 2007.
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SA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 13397 times:
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The smallest airport I have flown from on a scheduled commercial flight is PBZ (FAPG). Back then SA Airlink was the only commercial airline with J41 services to-and from Plettenberg Bay Airport. The terminal - extremely tiny! The security screening point was housed in a wooden shed, located between the terminal and the apron.
It is amazing to observe the "rich and famous" that fly in from JNB to Plett Airport for their summer holidays. Many "nannies" drive the family car down from J'burg to Plett, only to pick up the family at Plett Airport....
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YYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 13379 times:
The smallest airport I've ever flown to with commercial service I believe is YQR. But the smallest airport I've ever been to is some place called San Sebastian, i'ts near PVR in the mountains. All it was was a gravel runway with a building. I flew there in a Cessna Grand Caravan in '01 or '02.
YYZRWY23 From Canada, joined Aug 2009, 561 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 13378 times:
The smallest airport I have flown into is ZIH/MMZH. Has a small g/a ramp and has room for about 7 jets iirc. It looks like a hut from the air. Stairs to get off the plane into an area where they randomly search luggage, quick customs check, and out. Takes about 10 minutes even with a a few charters arriving at he same time.
Quoting Andz (Reply 14): The only place where the check in agent was the security agent was the boarding guy
Talk about being cross-trained. In BUF UA Express has the check-in agents as gate agents, at least for my flight tp IAD.
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ElBandGeek From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 758 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 13344 times:
Last year I flew from Moline IL (MLI) to Harrisburg PA (MDT) (via MSP outbound/DTW inbound) when I was going to a conference and was flying from school (which is about 40 minutes south of the Quad Cities)
Neither one is really *that* small, (both the 3rd largest in their respective states) but compared to most of my flights going in and out of MDW or ORD, it was a different experience.
AA757MIA From United States of America, joined May 2008, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 13314 times:
Quoting Yflyer (Thread starter): The girl at the Northwest ticket counter clearly did just about every job at the airport. When she showed up to check us in she was wearing an orange vest; she likely just come in from unloading the bags from the inbound flight. When it was time to board she was the one working the gate.
It's exactly the same at CPR!
3 gates, 1 for United, 1 with a jet bridge for Delta/Northwest and one for Allegiant.
TK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4451 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 13285 times:
It is easy for me, has to be one of the airports in Alaska.
I am not sure which one is smaller, Dillingham, King Salmon, Kodiak, Ketchikan or one of those. The planes were usually AS 737s.
I don't know if this counts but once I took a Cessna to cross Naknek River, from Naknek to South Naknek. Two airports are two miles apart. When I got out of the plane I was the only one there and there was a small shack with a sign "Welcome to South Naknek International Airport". I listened to the pilot and walked through the bushes toward to town.
Also in Turkey we chartered a TK 737 to fly from Nevsehir to IST. There were no scheduled flights to that airport serving Capadocia those days. It was nice to arrive at an airport and the whole security personel is only waiting only for you.
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