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Has An Airline Ever Owned An Airport?  
User currently offlinePeachAir From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 367 posts, RR: 3
Posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6208 times:

Can anyone say for certain if an airline has ever owned an airport? (US DOMESTIC)
Thanks!

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User currently offlinePHLJJS From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 418 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6181 times:

I know airlines have and do lease and/ or own terminals, but I can't say I've ever heard of one owning an entire airport.

User currently offlineEXAAUADL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6181 times:

maybe in the 1920s or before. It would be highly highly anti-competitive...it is called vertical monopoly...after the 1930s and govt regulation there is no way, i would think that would be allowed.

User currently offlineRampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3156 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6161 times:

Rocky Mountain Airways owned the Avon-Vail STOLport in the late 70's early 80's. Beaver Creek resort continued to grow, the land became more valuable for commercial development than for an airport, and it was closed. Not sure the timing, whether RMA was a Continental Express carrier by then or not.

Alaska Airlines or other Alaskan carriers may own their own fields. Others will know better.

I think what you ask is going to be limited to small carriers and airports. Go back in history and that may be different.

-Rampart


User currently offlineAloha73G From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2372 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6068 times:

Hawaiian Airlines built the Kapalua/West Maui Airport, which explains its code, JHM.

Hawaiian's CEO at the time was John H. Magoon.

I don't think they own it anymore, but they did at one time. It is also why they had Dash-7s, since the DC-9s could not operate from JHM.

-Aloha!



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6055 times:

Metro Airlines owned and operated Clear Lake Metro Port (CLC) southeast of Houston. They used the airport to shuttle NASA employees from the Johnson Space Center (which was 2 miles away) to IAH. After Metro became part of American Eagle, they eventually sold the CLC airfield and six Twin Otters to Royale Airlines who shuttered the airport in April of 1986 after a handful of months of operating from the airfield.

User currently offlineMotorHussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 3334 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6004 times:

NZ funded, built and co-owned RAR in the the Cook Islands. For many years, they were the only international carrier to fly there too. Not sure of the ownership details now, though there are more airlines into Rarotonga so I suspect they've divested.

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User currently offlineNycfly75 From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 766 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5980 times:

Alitalia, up until a few years ago had a significant stake in Aeroporti di Roma.

User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5947 times:

Many of the PanAm stations, especially in Latin America and the Pacific, were built and operated by PanAm for years before they developed into full fledged airports.


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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6428 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5911 times:

Well,

AA owned ELP until 1936...heck, they built it  

Their predecessor, Standard Airways, didn't care for the El Paso municipal airport, so they built their own, then sold it to the city a few years later.

EDIT: from what I understand, AA still owns the A concourse (currently 4 gates + US customs facilities) at ELP.

[Edited 2008-05-30 12:01:20]


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User currently offlineAidoair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5799 times:

I think Thomsonfly TUI took owned / took control of owned Coventry Airport (CVT) for a couple of years when they first start started operations there.

User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 3004 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5727 times:

Doesn't Air Southwest have a stake in Plymouth City Airport?


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User currently offlineBWE320 From Germany, joined Aug 2007, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5516 times:

Wasn't Ko Samui(USM) airport built and owned by Bangkok Airways? I think it still is a part of the Bangkok Airways group.

User currently offlinePITrules From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3255 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5357 times:

Wilmington Air Park, Ohio, was owned by Airborne Express. I believe DHL now has ownership of the airport. What is to become of it's future ownership is uncertain if DHL goes through with plans to contract their air shipments to UPS.

The airport has two long independent parallel runways, one of which Airborne constructed after taking over the ownership of the original airfield.



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User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4927 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5253 times:



Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 11):

Doesn't Air Southwest have a stake in Plymouth City Airport?

Air Southwest's owner Sutton Harbour Holdings runs Plymouth. Not sure if its a lease or outright ownership

There was also Manston/Kent International were it's owners bought it's only airline, EU Jet. Both the airline and it's owner went bust less than a year later

Also Coventry (UK) has had its lease owned by airline in the past. Firstly by Air Atlantique (the DC-3 operator) and then TUI bought it when facing planning issues in starting up ThomsonFly at the airport. They have since sold it on



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User currently offlineBmg42000 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5232 times:

Doesn't Porter airliners own Toronot City airport?

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26003 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5190 times:

Quoting Bmg42000 (Reply 17):
Doesn't Porter Airlines own Torontot City airport?

No, Toronto City Centre Airport is operated by the Toronto Port Authority which is jointly owned by the City of Toronto and the Canadian federal government. I expect the land itself is owned by the City of Toronto.

[Edited 2008-05-30 13:36:16]

User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4927 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4985 times:



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 18):
Quoting Bmg42000 (Reply 17):
Doesn't Porter Airlines own Torontot City airport?

No, Toronto City Centre Airport is operated by the Toronto Port Authority which is jointly owned by the City of Toronto and the Canadian federal government. I expect the land itself is owned by the City of Toronto.

Do Porter own, or own the lease to, the terminal there then. Because wasnt there an issue with AC over being denied access or something like that?



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26003 posts, RR: 22
Reply 18, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4876 times:



Quoting Humberside (Reply 20):
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 18):
Quoting Bmg42000 (Reply 17):
Doesn't Porter Airlines own Torontot City airport?

No, Toronto City Centre Airport is operated by the Toronto Port Authority which is jointly owned by the City of Toronto and the Canadian federal government. I expect the land itself is owned by the City of Toronto.

Do Porter own, or own the lease to, the terminal there then. Because wasnt there an issue with AC over being denied access or something like that?

I think a company affiliated with Porter operates most of very limited terminal facilities, which resulted in AC Jazz being evicted from the airport a couple of years ago due to complicated lease issues. I forget all those details.


User currently offlineCsturdiv From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 1515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4868 times:

How about GML? That is Antonov's airport in Kiev. That houses their cargo division.


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User currently offlineNzrich From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 1524 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4778 times:

Air NZ through its subsidiary MT Cook airline used to own MT Cook Airport


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User currently offlineL1011aaron From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4342 times:

Obviously not US domestic, but I think St Peterbursburg Pulkovo Airport (LED) is owned by Pulkovo/Rossiya Russian Airlines, or if not the airline itself, the same ownership group.

User currently offlineTullamarine From Australia, joined Aug 1999, 1638 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4202 times:

Ansett owned HTI (Hamilton Island Airport) which it developed when Keith Williams built the Hamilton Island Resort and AN spent $250M redeveloping the super-luxurious Hayman Island which was linked to HTI by luxury hi-speed cruisers. At the same tiome AN also had a controlling interest in the nearby Proserprine Airport (now Whitsunday Coast) on the mainland but unlike HTI, AN allowed its competitors (TAA and East-West at the time) to access Proserpine.


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User currently offlineThreepoint From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 2187 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4130 times:



Quoting PeachAir (Thread starter):
Can anyone say for certain if an airline has ever owned an airport? (US DOMESTIC)

I thought the origianl post was pretty clear. Amazing how many of the replies answered a different question:

Quoting MotorHussy (Reply 6):
RAR in the the Cook Islands



Quoting Nycfly75 (Reply 7):
Aeroporti di Roma



Quoting Searpqx (Reply 8):
Many of the PanAm stations, especially in Latin America and the Pacific



Quoting Aidoair (Reply 10):
Coventry Airport



Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 11):
Plymouth City Airport



Quoting BWE320 (Reply 12):
Ko Samui



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 16):
Toronto City Centre Airport



Quoting Csturdiv (Reply 19):
Antonov's airport in Kiev



Quoting Nzrich (Reply 20):
MT Cook Airport



Quoting L1011aaron (Reply 22):
St Peterbursburg Pulkovo Airport



Quoting Tullamarine (Reply 23):
Hamilton Island Airport




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User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4103 times:



Quoting PITrules (Reply 13):


Wilmington Air Park, Ohio, was owned by Airborne Express. I believe DHL now has ownership of the airport. What is to become of it's future ownership is uncertain if DHL goes through with plans to contract their air shipments to UPS.

ILN is currently owned by ABX, not DHL. At least according to local media reports the past few days. (Airnav.com lists DHL as the owner of record however.) And soon DHL will cease ties to ABX and the airside operations at ILN. At that point it will be interesting to see what becomes of the ILN property.


25 ERJ : I don't know if its true, but I heard TWA built several airports for in the early days. The one I heard about I think was Winslow, AZ. I reserve the r
26 Csturdiv : If you are going to point out a thread that has strayed off of the original question, then you would be posting your snide comment in just about ever
27 Midex461 : I know that UA built the terminal at SBA. As far as owning an entire airport, I know that an airline (I want to say it was Scenic Airlines) owned PHX
28 JetJeanes : We bought an old airforce base in the early 80,s at abx or airborne. It was a mess at first there were old tore up looked like national airlines dc-8,
29 MtnWest1979 : Looking at old maps of Nevada and Reno, it is stated as being United Airlines Airport servicing the city of Reno. Same field as currently used. So I w
30 WesternA318 : back in the 20's, T&WA owned the Burbank Terminal, Western Air Express had their Alhambra field, and UA practically built DEN, ELY, and SLC (along wit
31 WHPBUR : United built (1928) and owned the what is now Bob Hope Airport (BUR). It was originally named United Airport and was the U.S.'s first "million dollar"
32 1821 : I know LH owns part of their FRA hub
33 WesternA318 : Very true, I forgot where in Burbank TWA's terminal was...
34 NQYGuy : Yep. Like Humberside said, Air Southwest is owned by Sutton Harbour Holdings which also owns Plymouth City Airport.
35 Vfw614 : Although the TO only asked for US airports.... I think Aeropelican owned their homebase near Newcastle, but they have now stopped operating from there
36 FlySSC : Full property of AIR FRANCE since 1933, the airport of Tangiers-Boukhalef was transferred under the Moroccan Administration by AF on December 16th 196
37 JFK787NYC : wasn't DHL bought by FedEx Pulkova/Rossiya is 100% owned by the Russian government. No investment group
38 AndrewUber : I'm not sure if they "own" it, but Evergreen International controls Pinal Air Park in Arizona. You can't even get onto airport property without an Eve
39 MCOGVADCA : Still do. They let Thai fly there only because they make them fly at inopportune times and charge them an arm and a leg for the privilege.
40 2travel2know : What's the deal between FedEx and MEM ?
41 Reno757 : Yes you are correct United owned the airport from 1936 to 1953 when the city of Reno bought it from them. Before that it was owned by Boeing Transpor
42 Baguy : This is correct, I think they sold up last year. BAguy
43 Worldrider : exact, no better fares since thai is in. Bangkok Airways also owns other thai airports, Sukhotai..and?
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