Akron–Canton Airport

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Akron–Canton Regional Airport (CAK)
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IATA: CAKICAO: KCAKFAA LID: CAK
CAK is located in Ohio
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Location of the Akron-Canton Airport
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Akron Canton Regional Airport Authority
Serves Akron, Ohio, Canton, Ohio, Massillon, Ohio
Location Green, Ohio
Elevation AMSL 1,228 ft / 374 m
Website www.akroncantonairport.com
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 7,601 2,317 Asphalt
5/23 8,204 2,500 Asphalt
Statistics (2004)
Aircraft operations 122,803
Based aircraft 155
Sources: airport website[1] and FAA[2]

Akron–Canton Regional Airport (IATA: CAKICAO: KCAKFAA LID: CAK) is a commercial airport in the city of Green, in southern Summit County, Ohio (a small piece of both runways is in Stark County,) about 10 miles (16 km) southeast of Akron and 10 miles northwest of Canton. The airport is jointly operated by Summit County and Stark County. It serves as the smallest hub for Fly Right Airlines offering 10 non-stop destinations.

Money for the airport was initially allocated during World War II for defense purposes, but the construction stalled over a controversy relating to whether public funding of airport construction would be appropriate. As a result, private funding was essential to the initial construction of the airport, particularly in purchasing the land. The airport was dedicated on October 13, 1946 as the Akron–Canton–Massillon Airport; the name was later changed to Akron–Canton Regional Airport. Passenger air service began in 1948 when American, United, Capital and Eastern airlines moved from the Akron Municipal Airport. A permanent terminal was built in 1955 and expanded in 1962.

The airport has two runways, 7,601 and 8,204 feet (2,317 and 2,501 m) long, both 150 feet (46 m) wide.

Passenger growth[edit]

In 2005, 1.43 million passengers flew through Akron–Canton,[3] three times the number ten years earlier. It is one of the fastest-growing airports in the Midwest, and attracts passengers from the Akron/Canton area and Cleveland metropolitan area. Passenger count has grown every year since 1995 except 2001 (in part due to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks which slowed air travel nationwide).

The airport markets itself as "A better way to go", noting the ease of the Akron–Canton Airport in comparison to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport some 40 miles (64 km) north. The airport is a secondary "reliever" airport for Northeast Ohio. Although much of the growth is commercial, over 75% of traffic is general aviation, which is all but nonexistent at nearby Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport.

CAK doubled passenger ridership from 2000–2006, with new flights added by AirTran Airways and Frontier Airlines. Southwest Airlines began service to CAK in August of 2012. CAK represents 20% of all air travel growth in the state of Ohio. Other airlines include Delta Connection, US Airways Express, and United Express.

The airport experienced its best year ever in 2012 with 1.83 million customers.

Expansion[edit]

In 2006 the airport completed an expansion and renovation of the terminal, including the addition of a new terminal wing off the main concourse. It brings the number of gates to 11 (from 9), and provides new baggage areas, a food court, and improved aesthetics. The new wing of the terminal opened to passengers in May, 2006 and is home to Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways.

In 2011 the expanded TSA screening area was completed. It has four lanes for screening with the ability to open two more. Along with the expanded screening area, Advanced Imaging Devices were installed.

The airport initiated CAK 2018, its 10-year, $110-million Capital Improvement Plan in March 2008. The plan is the most ambitious capital improvement plan in Akron–Canton Airport’s history and calls for 10 projects in the next 10 years. One of those projects, a runway expansion, has already been completed. Runway 5/23 was extended from 7,600 ft (2,300 m). to 8,200 ft (2,500 m). The runways will allow aircraft to fly farther – non-stop to anywhere in the U.S. and throughout Mexico and Canada.

Other projects include expanding aircraft parking and general aviation area, replacing aircraft rescue and fire fighting maintenance facility, a new customs and border patrol facility, expand auto parking lots, a widened entrance road, expanded ticket wing and TSA screening area, expanded upper level concourse and the construction of Port Green Industrial Park, 213 acres (0.86 km2) will be developed into 10–12 business sites bringing up to 1,000 high paying jobs to northeast Ohio. Once completed, Akron–Canton will offer international flights.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
AirTran Airways operated
by Southwest Airlines
Atlanta (ends November 1, 2014), New York–LaGuardia (ends August 9, 2014), Orlando (ends August 9, 2014), Tampa (ends August 9, 2014)
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Delta Connection Detroit
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Fort Myers (Begins November 2, 2014), New York–LaGuardia, Orlando, Tampa, Washington-National (begins November 2, 2014)
United Express Chicago-O'Hare
US Airways Express Charlotte, Philadelphia, Washington-National

Top destinations[edit]

Top ten busiest domestic routes out of Akron–Canton Regional Airport
(April 2012 – March 2013)[4]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, GA 259,000 AirTran, Delta
2 Denver, CO 107,000 Frontier, Southwest
3 Charlotte, NC 93,000 US Airways
4 New York, NY (LaGuardia) 74,000 AirTran
5 Orlando, FL 73,000 AirTran
6 Detroit, MI 53,000 Delta
7 Boston, MA 43,000 AirTran
8 Tampa, FL 42,000 AirTran
9 Chicago, IL (O'Hare) 42,000 United
10 Chicago, IL (Midway) 33,000 Southwest

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Castle Aviation Hamilton, Rickenbacker

Destinations Map[edit]

Ground transportation[edit]

Akron–Canton Airport has a number of taxicab and shuttle services.[5]

It is also served by one route from each of the region's two public transit providers, Akron Metro Regional Transit route 110, and Canton-based Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) route 81. (SARTA 81 is special connection between SARTA and METRO's main transit centers and can move passengers from both Stark and Summit County.)

The SARTA route provides service every hour for most of the day Monday through Friday, and serves both Canton and Akron via Interstate 77, including transit centers in both downtown Canton and downtown Akron.

The Akron Metro route is a 5 times-per-day local route through Southern Summit County, but does serve the downtown Akron Transit Center.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Akron–Canton Airport (official site
  2. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for CAK (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2008-06-05
  3. ^ Akron–Canton Airport Achieves Fourth Consecutive Annual Passenger Record
  4. ^ "RITA | BTS | Transtats". Transtats.bts.gov. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  5. ^ Akron-Canton Airport Ground Transportation Services

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