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Smallest US Airport With Commercial Service?  
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 18719 times:

Out of curiosity, what is the smallest US airport with commercial service? I would think that it would probably be somewhere like EGE or GUC, but then I found this one:


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Durango, Colorado with service to Denver and Phoenix. Are there any smaller ones?

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User currently offlineNosedive From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 18645 times:

Eric, is this a thread to plug yourself??

Filler


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 18638 times:

Actually no it is not,

Would you like me to find the pictures from EGE, GUC, and other small airports?


User currently offlineStearmanNut From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 18621 times:

I saying Bullhead City, AZ, or Lake Havasu City, AZ, and maybe Scottsdale, AZ could be the smallest with commercial carriers operating there.


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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 18615 times:

Durango IS extremely tiny. UAX has been there for years and years tho.

MAX started serving there with 328s but then WP swapped in mainline service with 733s during the ski season. WP was really able to capitalize on that market in a way UA has never been able to.

N


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 18596 times:

UA never able to capitalize on the market?

Actually every UAX flight I've been on between DRO and DEN has been almost completely full, and by almost I mean one empty seat.


User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18577 times:

How about Montrose, CO? Pretty small, and with Jetstream service on UAX, and on Skywest (to SLC) I think.


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User currently offlineN6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18567 times:

How are we measuring small? By number of flights? By number of passengers? By number of destinations?

User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18546 times:

Some of those cities in Montana that live on by the EAS subsidies and Big Sky Airlines are pretty small I bet. Places like Wolf Point, Havre, Lewistown, Miles City, Glendive..etc. pretty tiny I bet. Some of the Alaskan cities are small that get service on AS. Now, if flights per capita in a city, I would say MOD, my former home airport would be up there. 3-5 flights a day for about 400,000 people..a bit underserved.

-Copa


User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7547 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18530 times:

Well,

GFK
MOT
Bemidji
St. Cloud
International Falls

This is too broad, maybe you should put something like:

Smallest airport with service of a mainline jet
Smallest airport with service of a CRJ, but not any props.



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18499 times:

I'm going with AHN. They get three RTs to CLT on US Airways Express (Air Midwest) using B1900s.

[Edited 2004-11-16 00:45:43]

User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 28
Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18470 times:

I just caught a mistake in my reply #6. I meant Beechcraft 1900s, not Jetstreams.

Also, I would think that Big Sky Airlines serves much smaller cities/airports, as mentioned by Copaair737 in an above reply.



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User currently offlineCOEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1065 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 18389 times:

I would go with HII (Lake Havasu City, AZ) with only twice daily service to PHX with the Mesa B1900's for HP.

StearmanNut.
On a side not, what airlines serve Scottsdale, AZ?


User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 18383 times:


Actually every UAX flight I've been on between DRO and DEN has been almost completely full, and by almost I mean one empty seat.


Don't get me wrong... they fill the few planes a day that they send there.

But they've never been able to justify upgrading DRO to mainline service. WP sent packed 737s to DRO during the right months.

N


User currently offlineKYIPpilot From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1383 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 18350 times:

If it counts, there are hundreds of small gravel strips in Alaska that get C-207's and such, flying mail, cargo, and people.

Mainline, Pellston, MI and Sault Ste. Marie get Mesaba Saab 340's. Both are pretty small, no contol tower, although the Soo might be slightly smaller.



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User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 18311 times:

Don't get me wrong... they fill the few planes a day that they send there.

But they've never been able to justify upgrading DRO to mainline service. WP sent packed 737s to DRO during the right months.


By "Few" do you mean 7 Dash 8's and 1 EMB-120, plus 1 dash 8 and 2 CRJ-200s to Phoenix on HP?

Do the math I think this place could easily support a couple daily 733's.


User currently offlineMATURRO727 From Colombia, joined Apr 2004, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 18304 times:

hey


Maybe Santa Maria(California)


REGARDS
MATURRO727


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29802 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 18291 times:

There has got to be somewhere in Alaska that qualifies.

Alaska Airlines for years bragged that Yakutat, Alaska was the smallest town with daily commercial jet service. I disputed that because I think that Cold Bay that had six day a week service from Reeve Aleutian was smaller.

but there are number of towns in Alaska, that are just large enough to have a post office, that have commercial service solely for the reason of flying the mail.



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User currently offlineJfklganyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3508 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 18277 times:

LaGuardia at 600 acres is one of the smallest commercial airports on the planet.

PJ


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 18260 times:

How about HMR (Homer, Alaska), BET (Bethel, Alaska), SCC (Deadhorse, Alaska), KTN (Ketchikan, Alaska), SGY (Skagway, Alaska) . . . the list goes on and on, and on and on, and . . . .you get the picture.

Perhaps redefining the search parameters from "Commercial Service" to "Commercial Jet Service" and "Commercial Turbo-Prop Service" and "Other Commercial Service".

ENI (Kenai, Alaska), OTZ (Kotzebue, Alaska), VDZ (Valdez, Alaska), DUT (Dutch Harbor, Alaska), CDV (Cordova, Alaska), and so on . . . . .


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 18254 times:

So here is what I've gathered:

Smallest Airport (land size): LGA
Smallest town: Somewhere in Alaska, probably Yakutat
Least amount of flights: ?
Smallest Load Factors: ?


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 18240 times:

I've been to LGA . . . believe me, it's larger than SCC (daily AS 732), ADQ (daily AS 737 and Dash 8 service). Gotta be something smaller than LGA . . . what about the Hawaiian Islands . . . airports on Lanai and Molokai???

User currently offlineAreopagus From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1369 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 18227 times:

I grew up just a couple of miles from IDA, which serves Idaho Falls, a city of (then) 33000 people, which had 737 service. I just checked with Travelocity, and all the flights it listed between IDA and SLC were CRJ's, Embraer turboprops (presumably Brasilias), and DHC-8's. So now, I wonder, what are the smallest cities served by Airbii, Boeings, or MD's?


User currently offlineTungd From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 103 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 18166 times:

The U.S. Department of Transportation subsidizes regional air carriers through their Essential Air Service program. This program basically pays all or most of an airline's cost to serve small cities that could never sustain scheduled passenger service on their own. There's a list of criteria cities have to meet, including being a certain number of miles from larger commercial airports, city government funding and promised passenger loads, etc. But these airports are usually among the smallest population areas to be served by scheduled service.

In my part of the world, KBWD (Brownwood Regional, Texas) is a good example. I don't want to knock the city of Brownwood, but it's a non-descript city with a "metro" population of around 25,000 that most people will never hear of in their lifetimes. Durango, CO and similar cities cannot be compared to Brownwood, because they are major tourist destinations; the only people with an interest in flying to BWD are local residents or business executives; 3M has a large manufacturing plant there, and is probably the only reason BWD has pax service at all. Current service is provided by Mesa Airlines, providing two round-trips a day to DFW, using one Beechcraft 1900 that is also used for subsidized routes to Ponca City and Enid, Oklahoma. Passenger counts for 2003 were around 3,700 for BWD (just over 10 per day on average). BWD is only about 55 nm from ABI and 117 nm from both DFW and AUS.

As of a few weeks ago, Mesa was scheduled to pull out of BWD due to low pax loads. Corporate Airlines has submitted a bid to the U.S. DOT to provide 12 round-trips a week using Jetstream 32s.

Airfields that are part of the Essential Air Service program are probably the best examples of the smallest airports/metro areas with commercial passenger service.


User currently offlineCospn From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1621 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 18131 times:

Smallest with NW 747-200 Daily service from NRT Saipan 60,000 pop

25 N1120a : Ventura County in CA may not be a small area, but OXR only gets 3 UAex flights a day each way, and they are 25 minute flights to LAX. Tiny terminal to
26 LegalEagle : Regarding small airports, ASE, is a tiny airport that mostly caters to private aircraft. The only commercial flights are through United Express and Am
27 Jetboyflyhi : I thought HPX served OXR as well.
28 SunValley : Quite possibly Salmon Idaho, or Vernal Utah. Both are served by Salmon Air, with Piper Navajos.
29 Post contains links B757capt : if your talking flights the Chicago Gary airport only has 3 flights a day and no flights on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. http://www.garyairport.com
30 Jetboyflyhi : Great Mesa pic on the top thread it shows some diversity w/ the airline! MESA IS HOT!
31 Post contains links FATFlyer : If you want to look at it in terms of passengers, here are the 2002 boardings for all US airports from the DOT, ranked from highest to lowest. They li
32 Post contains images Lincoln : PLN (Pellston/Emmett County.Mackinac Island, Michigan) has to be fairly far down on the list. Recently upgraded to two gates with jetways from 1 slidi
33 Brick : Santa Fe, NM (SAF) only has 5 Beechcraft 1900 flights to Denver each day. The terminal building is about as tiny as you can get. I can return my renta
34 Chrisjake : KTEX - Telluride CO., is pretty small. 2 B1900 flights to DEN during the summer. more in winter along with a Mesa DH8 to PHX for ski season. altho i'l
35 Ejmmsu : Mesa Airlines has a flight from Harrison, AR (pop 6800) (Boone County Airport) to DFW with a stop in El Dorado AR. The flights are run on a B1900. Als
36 Meteorologist : I have to believe Manistee, MI (MBL), or Iron Mountain, MI (IMT), would be way down the list as well. They are served (exclusively, I think) by YX wit
37 LambertMan : Probably Kirksville, 2x a day J31 to STL.
38 KDTWFlyer : Some airports that get little commercial service is Michigan's Upper Peninsula's KCIU and KCMX airports. Sidney, Montana would be a contender as well.
39 ERAUPilotATC : New Bern, NC (EWN/KEWN). 2 Runways, 8 flights daily with DH8 on USAirways Express to/from Charlotte.
40 AFROTC : LOL, try Valdosta Regional at Valdosta Georgia, the airport is ridiculously small yet there was a new terminal built and I think two daily delta conne
41 DLKAPA : Also just thought about Montrose, a small town in southwest colorado that will be recieving service to EWR, IAH, ORD, DEN, and I think a few other pla
42 Tony Lu : Some thoughts: Du Bois, Jefferson Co, PA Easterwood Airport, TX Tony
43 Post contains images Steede : Those pics from Durango at the top are beautiful...that's why I'm going on vacation there this winter Unfortunately won't be flying into DRO. The flig
44 Post contains images BREmer : How about Brookings, SD? Airport code BKX It's served by Great Lakes with a Beech 1900D, the plane flies MSP - Brookings, SD - Huron, SD once a day. T
45 Chrisjake : there's always Marathon FL (KMTH). its 1/2 way down the florida keys and gets 1 flight a day on a Florida Coastal C402 from FLL and continuing to EYW
46 ODAFZ : My 2 cents : Port Angeles (CLW) Walla -Walla (ALW) Wenatchee (EAT) Salem (SLE) Tuscaloosa (TCL) Tupelo (TPL) Gilette
47 Planespotting : i would guess in the continental US, it would probabl be a few of the places in northern minnesota that get the EAS from Mesaba. Im not talking about
48 SDFOH : As far as the FAA report for 2002, you'll notice that GGW and OLF are not even listed. They share two GQ Metro's a day to BIL that is a total of 38sea
49 United_Fan : How about SLK ? 4 flights a day... Flights arriving in: Saranac Lake, NY (SLK-Adirondack Airport) 34° F Sunny Departure City Airline Flight Number A
50 ElectraBob : During a driving trip through the state of Arizona about 10 years ago, I visited some real thrillers..... Flagstaff (FLG)...currently has 4 HP DH8 fli
51 DrupyUSE : How about LWB or LYH? Both are very small.
52 Post contains images NWADC9 : BTM is pretty small... (Horizon and Delta, and a few others) So is Latrobe and Shenandoah Valley (both I think don't have anything now.)[Edited 2004-1
53 Planespotting : how about spelling out the names of airports that no one except those who are very familiar with that location would know about, rather than listing a
54 Fiveholer : My vote would go for two airports in my home state of Oklahoma, Enid (WDG) and Ponca City (PNC)...Mesa flies B1900s from DFW and DEN. I know they are
55 PROSA : yeah i think SEX, POO, PIS, TIT, and NUB are all pretty small and each get a BE-1 or two a day to DIC SEX = Sembach, Germany POO = Pocos de Caldas, Br
56 Pwm2txlhopper : I'm going to take a stab at it and suggest a few airports here in Maine that might qualify. PQI, AUG, RKD. All of these are served by only a few fligh
57 UN_B732 : Rutland VT perhaps? Rultnad VT and Saranac Lake NY are close, but I don't know which would be smaller... Prob. RUT
58 B727fan : Owensboro, KY (OWB) is a small town and American Eagle has services to/from STL.
59 CO2BGR : As in terms of available seats of the maine airports Augusta (AUG) is the smallest with 38 a day, then comes BHB Bar Harbor (Trenton) and RKD Rockland
60 NIKV69 : IFP is probably not one of the smallest anymore, they expanded it. I can't wait to see it! Tom get ready!
61 10MID : How about Visalia, CA?
62 Bobnwa : My vote goes to Provincetown, MA with a population of about 2,000.
63 7E72004 : I know CSE is not the smallest but it has to be on the list.
64 Bobs89irocz : How about DBQ (Dubuque, IA) Once a day AE ERJ. Class D airspace durring the day and G at night. Also, the movie "Son in Law" There was an AE Saab 340
65 LV : I would like to throw out Kirksville, Missouri (IRK or KIRK) for consideration
66 StearmanNut : I also forgot Beauvais in France. Add to that Dinard and Carcassonne. All served by Ryan Air. Tiny airports all.
67 ClipperNo1 : Smallest I've been to was HGR Hagerstown,MD. Seved by US Express BE1.
68 Planespotting : whoaaaaaaaaaaaaa Bobs89irocz give DBQ a little credit now, we get 4 ERJ's/day to ORD. only 3 on saturdays. DBQ used to get 3 Saabs/day for NW Airlink
69 Dsuairptman : I'll add these to the list GLH PIB Musel Scholes, AL All 2x daily on NWairlink and that's it.
70 Gigneil : The only commercial flights are through United Express and American West to Denver and I beleive Pheonix. ASE gets like 12 UAX flights a day to DEN du
71 Post contains links FATFlyer : Also, the movie "Son in Law" There was an AE Saab 340 on the movie and it flew to somewhere in South Dakota, that airport looked SMALL. Anyone know wh
72 EnoreFilho : My kick goes to: Aspen (Colorado), & Marathon or Key West (Florida) P.S.: I just don't know if there's a commercial service in Marathon... Cheers!
73 AGrayson514 : I would say that Manistee County-Blacker Airport (MBL) has to be among the smallest. It has a single B1900 Skyway's flight that goes from MKE-MKG-MBL-
74 Flybyguy : I think Tomkins County Regional, in Ithaca, NY is one of the smallest in terms of size, # of airlines and load factors. The airport is used frequently
75 ANCFlyer : Obviously some folks can't read - Smallest US Airport With Commercial Service - operative location here being US. The bet still goes to any of the sma
76 DLKAPA : I think we have firmly established that the alaskan airports are probably the smallest.
77 Bobs89irocz : Planespotting- Sorry about that. I wasnt aware that DBQ was that busy. I fly into C27 quite abit and have been to DBQ a number of times. Nice place.
78 ANCFlyer : DLKAPA . . what about small Canadian airports - got to be some up north? Inuvik? etc . . .
79 Scootertrash : I haven't seen HXD (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) yet. 4000 foot runway that gets 8 USX Dash 8's per day. Scooter
80 Post contains links and images Clickhappy : How about Kingman (IGM) Three daily 1900's and the terminal is a trailer. View Large View MediumPhoto © Royal S King
81 Atcrick : What about Ft Collins (FNL) near Denver. 1 Allegiant Air flight a day (except Sat and Tues) and the only game in town. The terminal there is also a tr
82 Post contains images L-188 : Well let me put up some examples. Atka, Alaska. The town is in the photo off the end of 33. False Pass Alaska Town is visible off the end of 13 Skagwa
83 SHUPirate1 : 2003 numbers have finally been released, and the winner is...drumroll please: Kingman, Arizona, code IGM, with 2,504 passengers boarded in 2003 The se
84 Post contains images L-188 : Well let me put up some examples. Atka, Alaska. The town is in the photo off the end of 33. False Pass Alaska Town is visible off the end of 13 Skagwa
85 NIKV69 : I live close to Kingman in the winter and never even knew they had scheduled commercial service! Who flies into there?
86 Post contains links and images FATFlyer : nikv69, Kingman service is on Mesa dba America West Express. I believe it is currently operated with Beech 1900s. View Large View MediumPhoto © R
87 Ualgso : My vote goes to Morgantown, WV (MGW) with two or three B-1900's a day to PIT.
88 Wedgetail737 : The smallest airports I've flown to were Mammoth Lakes, CA and Friday Harbor, WA. I would also imagine that Eastsound, WA is rather small.
89 Lowrider : My vote goes to either Eek, AK (EEK) which, if memory serves, is about 1100 feet and gets served by a few caravans and 207s or Quinihak which I think
90 ANCFlyer : Note of Photo above of Skagway (SGY) Airport. I grew up in that little hamlet. The photo shown is about 20 years old. As the airport currently appears
91 L-188 : I figured that had to be a fairly old photo, Look at all the ore cars next to that dock. The mine at Mayo Yukon has been closed for what? 10 years now
92 ORD Boy 2 : how bout CGX before it closed it that building which has ping pong tables was small it had some UX service to springfield il
93 ANCFlyer : L-188, the mine closed in 1981, WP&YR ceased 'real' train opn in 1982. . .. reopened in 1988 as a tourist gizmo - ut since this is AIRLINERS.NET not R
94 L-188 : Well if I need it I will have to ask. Frankly never been to Skagway. Always went through Haines when I needed to take the blue boats
95 N1120a : L-188, almost to 20000 posts. Are you number 1? >I thought HPX served OXR as well.
96 SmithAir747 : The smallest airports I've flown out of or visited are in Indiana. My hometown airport (FWA) is pretty small, as are SBN, EVV, and Terre Haute. The sm
97 NIKV69 : FATFlyer, Thanks! I may take a trip to Kingman to spot and snap a few pics though there is not too much to see. Though that livery is interesting.
98 BMAbound : Libby (S59), Montana I believe had commercial service up until not too long ago (Metroliners). Libby is a tiny town with a population of only 2600 wit
99 Seb146 : Salem Oregon no longer has commercial service. Horizon pulled out years ago. Pendleton has 3X service to Portland via Pasco on the Dash-8-100s. They s
100 Post contains images N1120a : >What about Eagle/Vail? Do they still have scheduled service?
101 UALramperORD : I would have to say being there last month on a UAX Dash 8, Cody, Wyoming ( COD ) gets my vote. Nice terminal with a great little restaurant to tide y
102 BR715-A1-30 : Try PIB. They don't even have a control tower and they get 2 saabs from NWAirlink a day. Smallest Terminal in the world to me...
103 ANCFlyer : BTR714-A1-30. . . . geez that airport is a metropolis compared to 17Z, Manakotak, AK. . . have a look on AirNav . . . Nope, Ladies and gents. . . othe
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