Altoona–Blair County Airport
|Altoona–Blair County Airport|
|IATA: AOO – ICAO: KAOO – FAA LID: AOO|
|Owner||Blair County Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||1,503 ft / 458 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Altoona–Blair County Airport (IATA: AOO, ICAO: KAOO, FAA LID: AOO) is a county owned, public use airport located 12 nautical miles (14 mi, 22 km) south of the central business district of Altoona, a city in Blair County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is owned by the Blair County Airport Authority and situated in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania. The airport offers limited commercial service, subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 11,051 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 6,439 enplanements in 2009, and 4,378 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport based on enplanements in 2008 (more than 10,000 per year), however it qualifies as a non-primary commercial service airport based on yearly enplanements in 2009 and 2010.
Facilities and aircraft
Altoona–Blair County Airport covers an area of 320 acres (129 ha) at an elevation of 1,503 feet (458 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 3/21 is 5,465 by 100 feet (1,666 x 30 m) and 12/30 is 3,668 by 75 feet (1,118 x 23 m).
For the 12-month period ending October 25, 2011, the airport had 23,750 aircraft operations, an average of 65 per day: 78% general aviation, 22% air taxi, and <1% military. At that time there were 58 aircraft based at this airport: 79% single-engine, 10% multi-engine, 5% jet, 2% helicopter, and 3% ultralight.
Altoona–Blair County Airport has 46 small aircraft T-hangar facilities that it rents to aircraft owners, while construction is under way for more. The airport was previously serviced by the FBO Penn-Air, Inc, which provided fuel and repair services. Penn-Air, Inc. has closed its operation at Altoona–Blair County Airport, and fuel services are currently being performed by the Altoona–Blair County Airport Authority on an interim basis.
Altoona–Blair County Airport houses the Kitty Hawk Restaurant, which is accessible either from the flight line or from the terminal building. The airport also offers car rental through Hertz.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service at this airport:
|United Airlines operated by Silver Airways||Johnstown (PA), Washington-Dulles|
- FAA Airport Master Record for AOO ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2002-11446) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2002-9-23 (October 1, 2002): selecting Colgan Air, Inc., to provide subsidized Essential Air Service (EAS) at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for a two-year period at a combined annual subsidy rate of $847,576.
- Order 2005-4-9 (April 8, 2005): reselects Colgan Air, Inc., d/b/a U.S. Airways Express, to continue providing essential air service (EAS) at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for a two-year period, and establishes a combined subsidy rate of $1,358,551 per year for service consisting of 18 nonstop round trips each week between Altoona and Washington (Dulles), and 18 nonstop round trips each week between Johnstown and Pittsburgh, with 19-seat Beech 1900D aircraft.
- Order 2007-2-17 (February 16, 2007): selecting Colgan Air Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express, to continue providing essential air service (EAS) at Altoona consisting of 18 weekly nonstop round trips to Washington Dulles, and at Johnstown consisting of 18 weekly nonstop round trips to Pittsburgh. The combined annual subsidy is $2,364,462 based on service with 19-seat Beech 1900D turboprop aircraft for the two-year period beginning June 1, 2007, and all service would be operated as US Airways Express.
- Order 2008-6-10 (June 10, 2008): re-selecting Colgan Air, Inc. d/b/a United Express, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, at a total annual subsidy rate of $2,788,845, for the period from June 15, 2008, through June 30, 2010.
- Order 2010-5-10 (May 10, 2010): selecting Colgan Air Inc., operating as United Express, to provide essential air service (EAS) at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for a combined annual subsidy of $3,348,294, for the two-year period from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2012.
- Ninety-Day Notice (March 8, 2012): from Colgan Airlines, Inc. of termination of Essential Air Service at Altoona, Pennsylvania, and Johnstown, Pennsylvania
- Order 2012-3-14 (March 23, 2012: prohibits Colgan Airlines, Inc. d/b/a United Airlines Express, from terminating service at Altoona and Johnstown, PA; Victoria, TX; Staunton, VA; and Beckley, Clarksburg/Fairmont, and Morgantown, WV, for 30 days beyond the end of the 90-day notice period, i.e. July 8, 2012. We are also requesting proposals by April 25, 2012, from air carriers interested in providing replacement Essential Air Service (“EAS”) at Victoria, TX; and Staunton, VA, for a new term, with or without subsidy.
- Order 2012-4-30 (April 26, 2012): selecting Silver Airways, formerly Gulfstream International Airways, to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to Washington Dulles International Airport, for a combined annual subsidy of $3,997,187.1 Service to be provided will be 18 weekly nonstop and one-stop round trips over an Altoona-Johnstown-Washington Dulles or Johnstown-Altoona-Washington Dulles routing using 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft for the two-year period beginning when the carrier begins full EAS at both communities.
- Altoona–Blair County Airport, official site
- Altoona–Blair County Airport at Pennsylvania DOT Bureau of Aviation
- Aerial image as of April 1994 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for AOO, effective December 12, 2013
- Resources for this airport: