Asheville Regional Airport

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Asheville Regional Airport
Asheville Regional Airport Logo.jpg
IATA: AVLICAO: KAVLFAA LID: AVL
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Asheville
Operator Asheville Regional Airport Authority
Serves Asheville, North Carolina
Elevation AMSL 2,165 ft / 660 m
Coordinates 35°26′10″N 082°32′30″W / 35.43611°N 82.54167°W / 35.43611; -82.54167Coordinates: 35°26′10″N 082°32′30″W / 35.43611°N 82.54167°W / 35.43611; -82.54167
Website http://www.flyavl.com
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 8,001 2,439 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations 67,340
Based aircraft 118
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Asheville Regional Airport (IATA: AVLICAO: KAVLFAA LID: AVL) is a Class C airport near Interstate 40 and Interstate 26 near the town of Fletcher, 9 miles (14 km) south of Asheville, in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is owned by the city of Asheville.[1] In 2010 it served 735,760 passengers, an increase of 27% over 2009.

It opened around 1961, replacing the airport at 35°26′20″N 82°28′52″W / 35.439°N 82.481°W / 35.439; -82.481.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Asheville Regional Airport covers 900 acres (360 ha) and has one runway, 16/34, 8,001 x 150 ft (2,439 x 46 m) asphalt.[1]

In 2010 the airport had 67,340 aircraft operations, average 184 per day: 62% general aviation, 29% air taxi, 2% scheduled commercial and 7% military. In 2010, 124 aircraft were based at this airport: 65% single-engine, 23% multi-engine, 8% jet and 5% helicopter.[1]

The airport sees the following aircraft regularly:

An aerial photo of Asheville Regional Airport

A Concorde visited AVL during a 1987 promotional tour and was snowed-in overnight. Chartered Boeing 747s (United Airlines) have also visited, as has an Airbus A340 during the visit of Charles, Prince of Wales, to the nearby Biltmore Estate in 1996. AVL's 8,001-foot (2,439 m) runway allows for the operation of almost any aircraft type.

In April 2010 President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama landed in Asheville aboard Air Force One (Boeing C-32) for a weekend getaway. In October 2011, President Obama landed in Asheville aboard the larger (Boeing VC-25) Air Force One to kick off his North Carolina and Virginia bus tour to promote his Jobs Bill and gave a speech at the airport, and made a reference in his speech that cited potential enhancements at the airport as part of the jobs push.[2] President Obama returned to Asheville on February 13, 2013 on the same aircraft for a brief visit and speech at a nearby manufacturing facility.

The terminal building opened on June 7, 1961.[3] A $20 million expansion and renovation project began in 1987. The expansion project, designed by Odell Associates and Wood & Cort Architects,[4][5] was completed in 1992, which resulted in expansion of the ticket lobby, baggage claim area and administrative office space. A second-level boarding area and jetways were constructed, as well as an atrium to the existing lobby. The ground-level boarding areas were expanded and renovated in 2003, which was designed by McCreary/Snow Architects, PA and built by Wilkie Construction Company, Inc.[6] In 2009, $17.8 million of improvements designed by SchenkelShultz Architecture[7] were completed, including a Guest Services center, an additional baggage carousel, rental car desks, offices and security enhancements.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Allegiant Air Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Orlando-Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, West Palm Beach (begins May 15, 2014)
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit
United Express Chicago-O'Hare, Newark
US Airways Express Charlotte

Top destinations[edit]

Ten busiest routes out of AVL
(July 2010 – June 2011)[8]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, GA 125,000 Delta
2 Charlotte, NC 118,000 US Airways
3 Chicago-O’Hare, IL 28,000 United
4 Detroit, MI 22,000 Delta
5 Orlando, FL 18,000 AirTran
6 New York-LaGuardia, NY 14,000 Delta, US Airways
7 Houston-Intercontinental, TX 13,000 United
8 Newark, NJ 12,000 United
9 Tampa, FL 7,000 AirTran
10 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX 5,000 American

Incidents[edit]

On July 19, 1967 Piedmont Airlines Flight 22, a Boeing 727, collided in mid-air with a Cessna 310 just south of the airport in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The collision happened just moments after the 727 took off from the Asheville Airport. All 82 people on both planes were killed.

On March 14, 2003 a Cessna 177 Cardinal crashed into Old Fort Mountain after taking off from the airport. It killed author Amanda Davis, who was on a book tour promoting her first novel Wonder When You'll Miss Me (ISBN 0-688-16781-0), and her parents.

On October 27, 2004, a Beechcraft Duke crashed about 0.8 of a mile off the departure end of Runway 34 after an apparent right engine failure, killing all 4 people on board.[9][10]

On May 4, 2007 a 1977 Cessna 182 en route to Asheville Regional Airport crashed near the airport, killing three Georgia men. Initial reports said that rapper Jay-Z was on board. The reports were false.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for AVL (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2008-04-10
  2. ^ http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20111018/NEWS01/310180038/Obama-pushes-jobs-bill-Asheville?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFrontpage%7Cs
  3. ^ Asheville Regional Airport - History
  4. ^ Metzger, Harrison (February 14, 1988). "Dispute May Delay Airport Project". The Times-News. Retrieved June 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ Odell Associates - Aviation
  6. ^ "Asheville Regional Airport Dedication Plaque - 2012". Airchive. 2CMedia. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ Asheville Regional Airport Terminal Ph I - Reed Construction Data
  8. ^ http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=AVL&Airport_Name=Asheville,%20NC:%20Asheville%20Regional&carrier=FACTS
  9. ^ ATL05FA013 NTSB report 27 October, 2004
  10. ^ ASN Aircraft Accident 27-OCT-2004
  11. ^ http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200770504024

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