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What's The Smallest Airport You've Flown To/from?

Fri Sep 04, 2009 1:18 am

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.

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Fri Sep 04, 2009 1:26 am

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.
 
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Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:40 am

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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Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:05 am

Commercial service wise, either Roswell, New Mexico (ROW) or Carlsbad, California (CLD).

Roswell is definitely the most desolate, though I *love* visiting there!!
 
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Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:41 am

St. Petersburg Clearwater International on SY. No indoor boarding gates are great during the nice Florida weather.
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Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:45 am

It's my hometown's airport, Radin Inten II Airport (TKG/WICT), Bandar Lampung, Indonesia. All the flights from this airport have only one destination, CGK.
 
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Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:57 am

Either IAG or AGS for me.
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Fri Sep 04, 2009 5:07 am



Quoting Afterburner (Reply 5):
All the flights from this airport have only one destination, CGK.

For a while LSE had only one destination as well, MSP. Then American Eagle came with flights to ORD last year, and recently NW/DL switched one of the MSP flights to DTW.
 
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Fri Sep 04, 2009 5:42 am

PRC. On a QX flight from FLG that continued onwards to LAX. The airport in PRC is nothing more than a little building.
 
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Fri Sep 04, 2009 6:39 am

Saba, Netherlands Antilles.
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Fri Sep 04, 2009 12:47 pm

MZV, a small airport that serves the stunning Gunung Mulu national park in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, though thinking about it, some FR destination airports are pretty tiny too!
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Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:58 pm

In North America - Lewiston, Idaho (to SLC)
In South America - Coca, Ecuador
In Australia - Alice Springs
In the world - Contadora, Panama (to Panama City)
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Fri Sep 04, 2009 5:55 pm

Texarkana, AR to DFW on American Eagle.
Bangor, ME to BOS on American Eagle.
Fort Smith Arkansas to DFW on American Ealge.

And my favorite.....

SEA to Kalispell MT on Horizon. Damn prettiest view from the outdoor baggage claim! (That was back in 1998 so the airport may have changed since)
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Fri Sep 04, 2009 6:20 pm

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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Fri Sep 04, 2009 6:25 pm

I would say PGV. The only place where the check in agent was the security agent was the boarding guy  Smile
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Fri Sep 04, 2009 7:18 pm

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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Fri Sep 04, 2009 8:48 pm

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.
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Fri Sep 04, 2009 8:55 pm

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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Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:35 pm

Gainesville, FL for me, on a Delta Connection CRJ to Atlanta. About 10 daily flights, all on CRJs, to ATL/CLT on Delta/USAir.
 
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Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:05 am

I've always flown from the large airports like SIN, KUL, TPE, PVG, LHR, etc. So for me, the smallest airport I've flown to has to be HRB, GLA or EDI...
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Sat Sep 05, 2009 3:28 am

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.
 
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Sat Sep 05, 2009 6:17 am

FLG is probably the smallest, Air Wisky Beech 1900.

EUG and LNK are also pretty small. Flew into both on mainline aircraft though, in the case of EUG on UA 721/722 in the 70s and LNK on a chartered A319 from AUS for a football game in 2006.
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Sat Sep 05, 2009 6:53 am



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!  Smile

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Sat Sep 05, 2009 9:48 am

I have been on VEY. I believe there are only two scheduled flights a day. Mostly the Dash8-100 and sometimes the F50.
 
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Sat Sep 05, 2009 10:54 am

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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Sat Sep 05, 2009 3:13 pm

I fly into HHH all the time and it is one of my favorite airports because you get in and get out. the planes are never on the ground for more than 20 minutes. But a lot of times you sit in CLT for forever waiting for those elderly dash 8's to be fixed.  Smile
 
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Sat Sep 05, 2009 7:33 pm

I've never flown into/out of anything smaller than Shannon (SNN), Ireland. Although I have done some GA flights out of regional fields like Chicago Executive (PWK), Kerry (KIR) and Coonagh (EICN).
 
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Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:37 pm

CVT - Coventry, just a porta cabin for a terminal.

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Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:43 pm

LKL There was nothing up there. Only a Wideroe plane with one engine burned.
 
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Sun Sep 06, 2009 5:45 am

Columbiana (02G) or Youngstown Elser (4G4). For a commercial airport, Yecheon Aero (YCN) - a military air base with a little ramp jutting off the runway for when KE and OZ served it. The terminal was rather tiny. Runner-up for a commerical airport would be Youngstown-Warren (YNG), but I flew in on a G-IV Big grin
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Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:19 am

The smallest I have done was DLH (Duluth, Minnesota) and that was one heck of a really cool airport to fly into and out of!  bouncy 
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Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:34 am



Quoting SANAV8R (Reply 8):
The airport in PRC is nothing more than a little building.

Heck, the GA terminal (really a trailer!) is bigger than the sterile area.


I think the smallest I ever flew into is GCC (Gillette, WY), which only had 25,000 enplanements in 2007, the year I flew in.
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Sun Sep 06, 2009 7:35 pm

Almost exactly one year ago to GRJ (George / South Africa). Inbound was South African Airlink from CPT, outbound was South African Express to JNB.

[Edited 2009-09-06 12:35:55]
 
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Sun Sep 06, 2009 10:57 pm

A couple years ago, NYL (Yuma, AZ) on a Mesa CR2.

Mid 90's, SGF (Springfield, MO) on a Trans States Beech 1900.

Back in the early 80's, several times to PIE (St Pete/Clearwater, FL) on a Northeastern 721.
No jetways, you walked out on the tarmac and right up the steps on board, sure miss those days.

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Sun Sep 06, 2009 11:32 pm

That would be NSB, (North Bimini Seaplanebase) with a Chalks Turbo-Mallard, April '83

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Mon Sep 07, 2009 5:55 am

Probably my hometown airport - NWI.
Recently enlarged terminal building, but still only 3 gates, or should that be 3 doors from the departure lounge onto the apron  Smile Still, gets regular (3 or 4x daily) KL flights to AMS, and 2x daily to MAN, EDI and ABZ, plus the holiday charters.

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Mon Sep 07, 2009 1:04 pm

For me, it must be Kisumu (KIS) in Kenya:

http://majimbokenya.com/home/wp-cont.../uploads/2008/10/airportkisumu.jpg (taken from majimbokenya.com)

In 2003 we flew KIS-NBO on a Flamengo Saab 340.

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Mon Sep 07, 2009 1:08 pm

Blackpool Airport, UK
 
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Mon Sep 07, 2009 1:38 pm

Commercially - Marion, Illinois.
Personally - Pinkneyville, Illinois. Flew in there when it was less than 2000' long.

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Mon Sep 07, 2009 2:01 pm

BBQ (Codrington Barbuda) on a flight from ANU. This was a scheduled daily flight using an Islander, total time 14 minutes.
This flight has now been withdrawn as a high speed ferry route is now in operation.
The terminal at BBQ was a small hut with two doors at the front marked "arrivals" and "departures". It reminded of one of thos weather stations with the man and woman who come out to tell the weather, one with brolly and one without.

I believe at that time the Islander did 2 round trips a day, so maximum daily passengers through the airport was 28.
 
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Mon Sep 07, 2009 4:16 pm

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Mon Sep 07, 2009 5:45 pm

Nohana, Lesotho

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Pretty exciting approach!

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Unloading



Kuebunyane was fun too:



It was too windy to land at Matakane, but we tried! (It's the little bitty strip on top of that 1600' cliff!)



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Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:24 pm

The smallest airports for me would be:
Praslin, Seychelles - PRI
Guernsey, Channel Islands - GCI
Pula, Croatia - PUY


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Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:33 pm

Aitutaki, Cook Islands - Saab 340 Air Rarotonga:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aitutaki_Airport


Koh Samui, Thailand ( This was in 2000, so I am guessing that it has become bigger now ) - ATR 72 - Bangkok Airways:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koh_Samui_Airport


Bonaire - Dash 8-300 ALM Antillean airways and 747-300 KLM ( The airport is small, but the runway can actually take a 747. It's seriously cool to see the 747 next to the small, low pink terminal buildings... The airport is called Flamingo Airport...:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flamingo_International_Airport

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Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:21 pm

Inis Mor (IOR), in the Aran Islands (Ireland) is the smallest place I've flown into /out of. Tingwall (LWK) in Shetland would have been a close second if gnarly weather had not caused our Fair Isle flight to be postponed. The airports are somewhat similar in that they both have tricky weather and very friendly ground crew.

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Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:35 pm

Probably NWI in the UK, TRF in Norway, and EYW or GNV in the US.
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Tue Sep 08, 2009 1:28 am

The heliport in Victoria, BC, back when Helijet used to offer service between there and Boeing Field.

Next smallest: ACV
 
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Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:31 am

Smallest is Gunung Sitoli on Nias Island off West coast of Sumatra. At that time there was just one regular operator - SMAC - but now MZ fly there too.

In a few days I'm off to an 'airport' even smaller, and yes it is a scheduled service. Susi Air from JKT Halim to Pangandaran beach. Cessna Caravan will land on a strip that is actually part of the beach. Looking forward to it.
 
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Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:07 am

For me its Naxos, Greece (JNX), flew to Athens with a ATR-42, which is operated by Olympic once a day, the only carrier, the only route!
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Tue Sep 08, 2009 1:47 pm

Kudat - Sabah Malaysia, with a TwinOtter of MAS in 2004...
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