Bradford Regional Airport

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Bradford Regional Airport
BFD logo.png
Airport type Public
Owner Bradford Regional Airport Authority
Serves Bradford, Pennsylvania
Location Lafayette Township, Pennsylvania
Elevation AMSL 2,143 ft / 653 m
Coordinates 41°48′11″N 078°38′24″W / 41.80306°N 78.64000°W / 41.80306; -78.64000Coordinates: 41°48′11″N 078°38′24″W / 41.80306°N 78.64000°W / 41.80306; -78.64000
BFD is located in Pennsylvania
Location of airport in Pennsylvania
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 6,306 1,922 Asphalt
5/23 4,499 1,371 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations 18,932
Based aircraft 21
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Bradford Regional Airport (IATA: BFDICAO: KBFDFAA LID: BFD) is a public airport in Lafayette township,[2] 11 miles south of Bradford, in McKean County, Pennsylvania. Its mail address is Lewis Run as Lafayette has no post office. It is owned by the Bradford Regional Airport Authority[1] and has limited airline service, subsidized by the Essential Air Service program. It is surrounded by the oil field which makes up a large part of local economy. Bradford is the home of Zippo lighters and Case knives; there is an armory at the airport for the national guard.

Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 4,898 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[3] 2,593 in 2009 and 2,962 in 2010.[4] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 called it a non-primary commercial service airport (between 2,500 and 10,000 enplanements per year).[5]

Its first airline flights were United DC-3s in 1948; United left about 1954. Allegheny remained until 1979 when Allegheny Commuter took over.


The airport covers 1,015 acres (411 ha) at an elevation of 2,143 feet (653 m) above mean sea level. It has two cement/asphalt runways: 14/32 is 6,306 by 150 feet (1,922 x 46 m) and 5/23 is 4,499 by 100 feet (1,371 x 30 m).[1]

In 2010 the airport had 18,932 aircraft operations, average 51 per day: 77% general aviation, 22% air taxi, and 2% military. 21 aircraft were then based at the airport: 91% single-engine, 5% multi-engine, and 5% jet.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled passenger flights:

Airlines Destinations
United Express Cleveland, Jamestown [6]



Other sources[edit]

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2003-14528) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Order 2006-3-17 (March 24, 2006): selecting RegionsAir to provide essential air service (EAS) with 30-passenger Saab 340 aircraft at Bradford, Pennsylvania, and Jamestown, New York, for two years. Service will be three round trips a day to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, and the annual subsidy rate will be set at $1,649,913.
    • Order 2006-9-20 (September 21, 2006): tentatively vacating Order 2006-3-17 that selected Regions Air, Inc., to provide essential air service at Bradford, Pennsylvania, and Jamestown, New York, for two years. In addition, the Department is tentatively selecting Colgan Air, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express to provide essential air service at both communities under its Pittsburgh option, i.e., three round trips each weekday and weekend to Pittsburgh at an annual subsidy rate of $2,434,827.
    • Order 2006-10-3 (October 4, 2006): finalizes Order 2006-9-20, which tentatively vacated our earlier selection of RegionsAir, Inc. to provide EAS at Bradford and Jamestown, and instead selects Colgan Air, Inc. d/b/a US Airways Express (Colgan) to provide EAS at both communities from October 1, 2006, through September 30, 2008, at an annual subsidy rate of $2,434,827. The subsidy rate is based on service to Pittsburgh, although Colgan has stated it is evaluating serving Washington Dulles International Airport instead of Pittsburgh, the service originally supported by both communities, at the same subsidy rate.
    • Order 2008-6-37 (June 30, 2008): selecting Gulfstream International Airlines, Inc. to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Bradford, Pennsylvania, and Jamestown, New York, at a total annual subsidy of $2,701,865, for the two-year period from October 1, 2008, through September 30, 2010. However, if Gulfstream does not inaugurate full EAS by October 1, 2008, the selection defaults to Colgan Air, Inc. d/b/a United Express for the same two-period, for a total annual subsidy of $3,826,587.
    • Order 2010-9-12 (September 9, 2010): re-selecting Gulfstream International Airlines to provide essential air service (EAS) at Bradford, DuBois, and Oil City/Franklin, Pennsylvania, and Jamestown, New York, for a combined annual subsidy of $5,870,657 ($1,639,254 for Jamestown), from October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2012.

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