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.
[Edited 2009-09-03 18:19:21]