Burlington International Airport
|Burlington International Airport|
|USGS aerial image, 1995|
|IATA: BTV – ICAO: KBTV – FAA LID: BTV|
|Owner||City of Burlington|
|Location||South Burlington, Vermont|
|Elevation AMSL||335 ft / 102 m|
|Sources: FAA and airport website|
Burlington International Airport (IATA: BTV, ICAO: KBTV, FAA LID: BTV) is a joint-use civil-military airport in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States. It is owned by the City of Burlington. The airport is located in South Burlington, three nautical miles (6 km) east of the central business district of Burlington.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 640,790 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2010, a decrease of 8.5% from the 700,592 enplanements in 2009. This airport is included in the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).
On Saturday, August 14, 1920, the first aircraft landed at what became the Burlington Municipal Airport. It had been a 72 acres (29 ha) cornfield. Airport developers took a lease on the land for one year for $100.
With the onset of the Second World War, the United States Government created a Defense Zone extending inland 150 miles (240 km) from the coastline, where private aircraft were restricted from operating. Burlington Municipal Airport was located approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) outside of the Defense Zone, allowing it to conduct pilot training both locally and from other airports located within the restricted zone, one such example being Boston’s Logan Airport. Due to increased demand, the Burlington Municipal Airport was noted as being the busiest airport in the world on both August 14, 1942 and February 11, 1943, with 662 and 793 landings respectively.
On February 24, 1969, the Board of Aldermen voted to change the airports title from “municipal” to “international” as a means of re-branding the airport and steering it away from the perceptions of it being a small, community-based facility.
On May 11, 1971 Burlington voters approved a $1.25 Million bond for a new 40,000-sq/ft terminal. This terminal opened October 7, 1973.
From 2000 to 2008, the airport experienced an increase in growth and service. Since 2000, $24 million in renovations and expansion has been invested at Burlington. In 2008, the airport authority completed a $15 million expansion project which added five gates — four with boarding bridges — and customer service areas, in addition to a 948-space parking garage and an elevated connected walkway.
The airport set a local record in July 2008 when 79,154 passengers flew from Burlington, the first time the figure has crossed 70,000.
BTV enplaned over 759,000 people in 2008, a 7.3% increase from 2007.
Burlington International Airport serves the Burlington-South Burlington metropolitan area, which contained over 206,000 residents as of 2006 U.S. Census estimates. Due to the relatively small size of the market, airlines mostly fly regional airliners on their Burlington routes. A few airlines fly larger jets, such as the Airbus A320 family, to BTV; JetBlue Airways is one such carrier.
The airport has used natural resources such as marble and granite, and maple for interior decoration, intended to give the airport a "Vermont Feel". In 2009, the airport had fifteen gates serving seven airlines.
On February 3, 2010 it was announced that AirTran Airways would not be returning to Burlington. Service started in early 2009 on Boeing 717 aircraft operating 55 minute flights from Baltimore, but after only 6 months AirTran demoted BTV to seasonal service, operating only during the summer months. AirTran planned on resuming service in the spring of 2010, but due to various reasons not specified they did not. AirTran service lasted for 8 months in 2009. Southwest Airlines has indicated that it may pick up the route at some point on its Boeing 737 jets.
In 2010, it was announced that Plattsburgh International Airport will receive a federal subsidy to start operating a connection to Boston, thereby attracting the Canadian passengers that Burlington had been relying on. Flights on Cape Air linked Boston and Plattsburgh on Cessna 402 propeller aircraft, but were dropped in early 2010 in favor of PeNair (peninsula airlines) an Alaska based regional airline that recently began service in the northeast U.S including daily flights from Plattsburgh International Airport to Boston-Logan International Airport aboard larger Saab 340 turboprop aircraft.
In 2010, a city-owned cable provider was unable to pay the city of Burlington $17 million it owed. As a result, Moody's downrated the debt for the city. Moody's also downrated the credit rating for the airport, as well. Although voters approved a $21.5 million bond for airport expansion, this downgrade made borrowing the money too expensive. The airport therefore borrowed $7.5 million from the city for a $14.5 million garage expansion. In June 2011, the city asked for the money back.
The airport was in the process of expanding the parking garage by adding two more levels on the north end. This would have given it a total of 2700 parking spaces. This project was later completed in early 2012. Currently, the airport is renovating the upper concourse rest rooms which have needed renovation for many years.
In the Future 
The airport has other ideas that have not been approved yet. One of these ideas is to add another exit from near by interstate 89. This exit would connect the airport to the interstate via a 2 lane road. Another idea is to add an airport hotel so travelers who have an early flight can save time by getting up later and saving time traveling. A proposal was to update the terminal so it could accommodate passengers flying on Porter from Toronto, Canada who needed to clear customs as the existing structure can't take the amount of passengers.
Facilities and aircraft 
Burlington International Airport covers an area of 942 acres (381 ha) at an elevation of 335 feet (102 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 15/33 is 8,320 by 150 feet (2,536 x 46 m) with an asphalt and concrete surface; 1/19 is 3,611 by 75 feet (1,101 x 23 m) with an asphalt surface.
As a Burlington-owned facility, the airport purchases its electricity from the city-owned utility.
In 2009, the Airport Authority sought $45 million for an expansion. If approved by Burlington city voters; it would provide 1,400 additional parking space to add onto the current 3 story, 2,100 spaces garage. It would hold 3,500 cars within 5 stories, with a completion date of late 2010 or early 2011. It was later completed in late 2011 though the airport had to remove half of the proposed parking spaces, leaving the parking lot looking like a backwards L if you look at it from the terminal.
For the 12-month period ending April 30, 2010, the airport had 72,189 aircraft operations, an average of 197 per day: 47% general aviation, 26% air taxi, 16% scheduled commercial, and 11% military. At that time there were 101 aircraft based at this airport: 50% single-engine, 14% multi-engine, 8% jet, 1% helicopter, and 28% military.
Military facilities 
Two military installations are based there. The first is Burlington Air National Guard Base, which includes the 158th Fighter Wing (158 FW), an Air Combat Command (ACC)-gained unit of the Vermont Air National Guard, flying the F-16C Fighting Falcon. The 158 FW consists of approximately 1000 Air National Guard personnel, both full-time Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) and Air Reserve Technician (ART) personnel and traditional part-time Air National Guardsmen.
The second installation is an Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) of the Vermont Army National Guard, supporting the 1st Battalion, 103d Aviation Regiment and the 86th Medical Company (Air Ambulance).
Airlines and destinations 
BTV has flights to airline hubs in the East and Midwest.
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service at Burlington Airport:
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta (begins June 7, 2013)|
|Delta Connection operated by Compass Airlines||New York-LaGuardia|
|Delta Connection operated by GoJet Airlines||Detroit, New York-LaGuardia|
|Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines||Detroit|
|Delta Connection operated by Shuttle America||New York-LaGuardia|
|JetBlue Airways||New York-JFK|
|Porter Airlines||Winter seasonal: Toronto-Billy Bishop|
|United Express operated by Chautauqua Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare|
|United Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare, Cleveland, Newark, Washington-Dulles|
|United Express operated by GoJet Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare|
|United Express operated by Mesa Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare|
|United Express operated by Republic Airlines||Newark|
|US Airways Express operated by Air Wisconsin||Philadelphia|
|US Airways Express operated by Piedmont Airlines||Philadelphia|
|US Airways Express operated by Republic Airlines||Philadelphia, Washington-National|
Top destinations 
|1||New York, NY||JFK||145,000||JetBlue Airways|
|2||Philadelphia, PA||PHL||90,000||US Airways|
|3||Newark, NJ||EWR||70,000||United Airlines|
|4||Chicago, IL||ORD||69,000||United Airlines|
|5||Detroit, MI||DTW||54,000||Delta Air Lines|
|6||Washington, DC (National)||DCA||52,000||US Airways|
|7||Washington, DC (Dulles)||IAD||51,000||United Airlines|
|8||New York, NY||LGA||49,000||Delta Air Lines, US Airways|
|9||Orlando, FL||MCO||31,000||JetBlue Airways|
|10||Cleveland, OH||CLE||12,000||United Airlines|
Air cargo service 
Both major commercial parcel carriers (UPS Airlines and FedEx Express) fly into BTV, providing service for much of northern Vermont. UPS uses Wiggins Airways to ferry packages between Burlington and larger cargo hubs.
|FedEx Express||Memphis, Portland (ME), Syracuse|
|Royal Air Freight||Pontiac (MI), Newark|
|UPS Airlines operated by Wiggins Airways||Bangor, Poughkeepsie, Manchester (NH), Rutland|
- FAA Airport Master Record for BTV ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective August 25, 2011.
- Burlington International Airport, official site
- "Primary, Non-primary Commercial Service, and General Aviation Airports (by State)" (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). 2011–2015 National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- Tabor, James M., Burlington International Airport: A History 1920-2010, Transcontinental Metrolitho, Inc., 2010
- Brian, Searles (September 1, 2010). Burlington International Airport Burlington, Vermont Airport Emergency Plan (AEP) Class I Airport. University of Vermont.
- McLean, Dan (August 12, 2008). "Burlington's Airport Reports Record July". Burlington Free Press.
- "Burlington Airport Sets Record for Boardings". The Boston Globe. January 21, 2009. Retrieved January 21, 2009.[dead link]
- Mclean, Dan (February 8, 2010). "Vermont Airport Faces Competition for Flights". Burlington Free Press (Melbourne, Florida: Florida Today (reprint)). pp. 22A. Retrieved February 8, 2010.[dead link]
- "Airport Director: AirTran Will Not Return in 2010". Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont). February 3, 2010.[dead link]
- "Colgan Air To Replace Cape Air At Plattsburgh Int'l Airport". WPTZ.com. February 4, 2010. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
- Briggs, John (August 10, 2010). "Burns Leaving Burlington Telecom". Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont). pp. 1A, 5A.[dead link]
- "This Is Your Good Government at Work". Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont). June 19, 2011. pp. 4B.
- "Airport / FBO Information". FltPlan.com. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
- "South Burlington OKs airport garage expansion". BurlingtonFreePress.com. December 18, 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2010.[dead link]
- Burlington International Airport (BTV) at VTrans Aviation
- Aerial image as of 25 April 1999 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective May 2, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for BTV, effective May 2, 2013
- Resources for this airport: