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What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:41 pm

OK, so here are some date openings that I know about:
IAH 1969
DFW 1974
ECP 2010
RSW 1983,
JAX 1967
ORD 1959
IAD 1962
Didnt St George, Utah open a new one?
Also,somewhere in Arkansas.

This list should not include places like AUS or MCO.

Heavans! Forgot DEN......1995?


So what would be the 15 youngest?
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:49 pm

Somewhere in Northwest Arkansas, code is XNA....I think Fayettville built for folks wishing to see Wal-Mart buyers face to face and try to sell WallyWorld something.
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:54 pm

KOA is pretty new. 1970 I believe. Lava was probably still warm.  
 
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:55 pm

Quoting isitsafenow (Reply 1):
Somewhere in Northwest Arkansas, code is XNA....I think Fayettville built for folks wishing to see Wal-Mart buyers face to face and try to sell WallyWorld something.

Call it Fayetteville, and you'll get dirty looks.

Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
Didnt St George, Utah open a new one?

Yes, SGU/KDXZ. It opened January 2011. It reverts back to KSGU next January.
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:57 pm

edit: Didn't look properly.

[Edited 2011-06-11 13:58:50]
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Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:58 pm

 
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:59 pm

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 4):
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) can't be absent from the list! It started operations only a bit more than one year ago, on May 23, 2010.
Quoting 727LOVER (Thread starter):
ECP 2010


[Edited 2011-06-11 13:59:31]
 
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:01 pm

DIA opened in 1995. DEN closed when DIA opened.
 
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Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:04 pm

Quoting jetpilot (Reply 7):

DIA opened in 1995. DEN closed when DIA opened.

DIA is still DEN/KDEN. The codes transferred over (much like the current SGU/DXZ thing.)
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:06 pm

I would guess Branson would be one of the 15 youngest... 2009 I think!!
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:17 pm

Fort Worth Alliance opened in 1989.
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:41 pm

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 10):
Fort Worth Alliance opened in 1989.

...but doesn't have part 121 commercial scheduled service, which was the original question.
 
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:24 pm

SMF 1967; wasn't Huntsville 1968? Should we say MCI opened circa 1956, or 1972?

Airline flights started at ORD circa 1955.
 
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Sun Jun 12, 2011 12:29 am

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 11):
...but doesn't have part 121 commercial scheduled service, which was the original question.

Someone should inform FedEx that they are no longer commercial or scheduled then.
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Sun Jun 12, 2011 1:30 am

Quoting timz (Reply 12):

Give me some background on MCI. Was it like AUS & MCO where the field was there way befoe commercial airline operations began?
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:24 am

Quoting jetpilot (Reply 7):
DIA opened in 1995. DEN closed when DIA opened.

That is so full of fail for an airline board.   
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Sun Jun 12, 2011 3:36 pm

While no longer offering scheduled pax flights, when did BLV open?
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:51 pm

Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 16):
While no longer offering scheduled pax flights, when did BLV open?

That airport would be up for debate. They built a new runway some distance from the existing one for the commercial side, but it is still connected by a taxiway to the Air Force base, so it probably falls under the same category as AUS and MCO.
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:08 pm

TWA opened MCI as a maintenance base (?) in the 1950s, so it can't go on the list.

Tentative list (dates may not be quite right)

SGU 2011
ECP
XNA
DEN
RSW 1983

DFW 1974
KOA 1970
IAH 1969
JAX 1968
HSV 1968

SMF 1967
JAN 1963
IAD 1962
ICT 1953
ACF 1953
 
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:04 am

Forgot Toledo-- it might be on the list circa 1954.
 
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:17 am

BUF got a completely new terminal in 1997, replacing the old ones that had been in use since the 1920's.
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:03 am

ATW opened on August 23, 1965, replacing the old Appleton airport near Ballard Rd.
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:12 am

From youngest to oldest:

1) SGU: Opened January 13, 2011. Replaced the old, landlocked SGU airport.

2) ECP: Opened May 23rd, 2010. Replaced PFN.

3) BKG: Opened May 11, 2009. Complemented the distant SGF airport that had previously been the nearest commercial airport to Branson.

4) XNA: Opened November 1, 1998. Replaced the commercial aviation function of FYV, which became a general aviation facility.

5) DEN: Opened February 28, 1995. Replaced the old DEN (Stapleton) airport.

6) RSW: Opened May 14, 1983. Replaced the commercial aviation function of FMY, which became a general aviation facility.

7) DFW: Opened January 13, 1974. Was intended to consolidate all commercial air service in the area in a neutral location between Dallas and Fort Worth, but WN fought to keep DAL open and...the rest is history.

After that, the history is a bit more hazy. During the 50s and 60s, virtually all existing facilities became obsolete due to the advent of jets, followed by jumbojets. Most cities managed to expand their established airports, and others (notably Chicago and Kansas City) drastically transformed sleepy suburban airfields into their primary major commercial airports. So, it seems these were the only truly greenfield site projects after the World War II era (predating the highly touted opening of DFW):

Quoting timz (Reply 18):
KOA 1970
IAH 1969
JAX 1968
HSV 1968

SMF 1967
JAN 1963
IAD 1962
ICT 1953
ACF 1953

Of course, as with the development of ORD and MCI, the conversion of former military facilities into commercial airports like AUS and MCO are also quite notable, as the cities essentially gained newer, bigger, better airports in the process.

However, there are cases like this

Quoting KBUF (Reply 20):
BUF got a completely new terminal in 1997, replacing the old ones that had been in use since the 1920's.

that just don't count. Airports like IND and RSW recently got wholly new terminals that were in such different locations from their predecessors that even all roadway access to the airport changed. However, existing runways and other support functions (hangars, etc.) were already there. New, freshly built state of the art terminals open throughout the country all the time.
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:36 am

Looks like Appleton is legit-- so as of now IAD is the 15th-newest airport on the list.
 
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:02 pm

Apple Valley CA was all-new in 1969-1970, and RW scheduled F27s in there in 1970, but maybe APV doesn't have scheduled flights now.
 
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RE: What Are USAs 15 Youngest Commercial Airports?

Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:14 pm

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 13):
Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 11):
...but doesn't have part 121 commercial scheduled service, which was the original question.

Someone should inform FedEx that they are no longer commercial or scheduled then.

I believe AA737-823 and others were referring to airports that offer commercial/scheduled passenger services, not just cargo or general aviation.
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