Barkley Regional Airport

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Barkley Regional Airport
Barkley Regional Airport Logo.svg
Barkley Regional Airport.jpg
Aerial view, October 2011
Airport type Public
Owner Barkley Regional Airport Authority
Serves Paducah, Kentucky
Elevation AMSL 410 ft / 125 m
Coordinates 37°03′37″N 088°46′23″W / 37.06028°N 88.77306°W / 37.06028; -88.77306Coordinates: 37°03′37″N 088°46′23″W / 37.06028°N 88.77306°W / 37.06028; -88.77306
PAH is located in Kentucky
Location of airport in Kentucky
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 6,499 1,981 Asphalt
14/32 5,500 1,676 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 27,259
Based aircraft 40
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Barkley Regional Airport (IATA: PAH[2]ICAO: KPAHFAA LID: PAH) is a public use airport located 12 nautical miles (14 mi, 22 km) west of the central business district of Paducah, a city in McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. The airport is owned by the Barkley Regional Airport Authority.[1] It is mostly used for general aviation, but is also served by one commercial airline subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.

The airport also serves the area around Kentucky Lake. There are 100 people employed at the airport. The only current airline is United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines who operates two daily round-trip Canadair Regional Jet flights to Chicago, Illinois. Barkley Regional Airport is the 4th busiest in Kentucky.

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport.[3] As per the Federal Aviation Administration, this airport had 21,654 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[4] 18,542 in 2009, and 19,903 in 2010.[5]

The 2013 Federal sequester will result in the closure of the airport's control tower and will require pilots to rely on air traffic controllers from other area airports.[6][7]


Barkley Regional Airport is named after former Vice-President of the United States, Alben W. Barkley, who was from Kentucky. The airport was built to serve the southwestern portion of Kentucky and Southern Illinois. The airport was previously served by Northwest Airlink operated by Mesaba Airlines. Northwest operated daily flights using Saab turboprops to Memphis International Airport. When Northwest merged with the Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, service to Memphis from Paducah was terminated. This service was quickly replaced when the Chicago-based United Airlines started operating daily CRJ-200 flights to Chicago-O'Hare International Airport. The service is operated by SkyWest Airlines on behalf of United's regional brand, United Express. Service began in the Winter of 2010 and continues on today.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Barkley Regional Airport covers an area of 1,018 acres (412 ha) at an elevation of 410 feet (125 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 4/22 is 6,499 by 150 feet (1,981 x 46 m) and 14/32 is 5,500 by 150 feet (1,676 x 46 m).[1] An expansion of runway 14/32 was completed in December 2005.

For the 12-month period ending May 24, 2011, the airport had 27,259 aircraft operations, an average of 74 per day: 87% general aviation, 5% scheduled commercial, 4% air taxi, and 4% military. At that time 40 aircraft were based at this airport: 70% single-engine, 17.5% multi-engine, and 12.5% jet.[1]

Airline and destination[edit]

The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
United Express Chicago-O'Hare


Carrier shares: January – December 2013[8]
Carrier   Passengers (arriving and departing)
Top domestic destinations: Jan. – Dec. 2013[8]
Rank Destination Airport Passengers
2013 2012
1 Chicago, IL O'Hare International (ORD) 20,190 20,480
2 Grand Rapids, MI Gerald R. Ford International (GRR) 20 20


Other sources[edit]

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket DOT-OST-2009-0160) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Ninety-day notice (July 15, 2009): from Mesaba Aviation, Inc. of its intent to discontinue unsubsidized scheduled air service at the following communities, effective October 12, 2009: Paducah, KY; Alpena, MI; Muskegon, MI; Hancock, MI; Sault Ste. Marie, MI; International Falls, MN; Tupelo, MS and Eau Claire, WI.
  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2009-0299) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Memorandum (November 19, 2009): closing out docket DOT-2009-0160 and opening up eight new dockets for the various communities (Alpena, MI; Eau Claire, WI; Hancock/Houghton, MI; International Falls, MN; Muskegon, MI; Paducah, KY; Sault Ste. Marie, MI; Tupelo, MS).
    • Order 2009-10-8 (October 16, 2009): selecting SkyWest Airlines, Inc., d/b/a United Express, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Hancock/Houghton and Muskegon, Michigan, Paducah, Kentucky, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
    • Order 2012-1-24 (January 26, 2012): tentatively re-selecting SkyWest Airlines, Inc. to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) with subsidy rates as follows: Eau Claire, Wisconsin, $1,733,576; Hancock/Houghton, Michigan, $934,156; Muskegon, Michigan, $1,576,067; and Paducah, Kentucky, $1,710,775.
    • Order 2012-2-2 (February 1, 2012): makes final the selection of SkyWest Airlines, Inc., to provide Essential Air Service at Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Hancock/Houghton, Michigan; and Paducah, Kentucky (at Muskegon, the selection of SkyWest was not finalized at this time).
    • Order 2013-10-8 (October 21, 2013): reselecting Delta Air Lines, Inc., to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Pellston and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; and SkyWest Airlines, at Paducah, Kentucky; Hancock/Houghton, and Muskegon, Michigan; and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The Order also tentatively reselects American Airlines, at Watertown, New York. Paducah, Kentucky: Docket 2009-0299; Effective Period: January 1, 2014, through January 31, 2016; Service: Fourteen (14) nonstop round trips per week to Chicago O'Hare (ORD); Aircraft Type: CRJ-200; Annual Subsidy: $2,034,160.

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