Capital City Airport (Pennsylvania)

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Capital City Airport
Capital City Airport - PA - 13 April 1999.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority
Serves Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Location Fairview Township, York County, near New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
Elevation AMSL 347 ft / 106 m
Coordinates 40°13′02″N 076°51′05″W / 40.21722°N 76.85139°W / 40.21722; -76.85139
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 5,001 1,524 Asphalt
12/30 3,925 1,196 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 57,668
Based aircraft 145
Capital City Airport is located in Pennsylvania
Capital City Airport
Capital City Airport
Location of Capital City Airport, Pennsylvania
For other airports with this name, see Capital City Airport (disambiguation).

Capital City Airport (IATA: HARICAO: KCXYFAA LID: CXY) is a public airport in Fairview Township, York County, Pennsylvania, three miles (5 km) southeast of Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania.[1]

Most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, but Capital City Airport is CXY to the FAA and HAR to the IATA (which assigned CXY to Cat Cay, Bimini Islands, Bahamas.)


The airport is the home airport for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Aviation and the Pennsylvania State Police.[2] It averages more than 57,000 corporate, charter, and private aircraft operations a year. Owned and operated by the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority (SARAA), Capital City Airport is the designated reliever and sister airport of Harrisburg International Airport, and serves Dauphin, Cumberland, and York counties.

1954 airport diagram

A study by the PA Department of Transportation in 2000 concluded that Capital City Airport related activates generate nearly $24 million a year in economic output.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Capital City Airport covers 320 acres (130 ha) and has two asphalt runways: 8/26 is 5,001 x 150 ft (1,524 x 46 m) and 12/30 is 3,925 x 100 ft (1,196 x 30 m).[1]

In the year ending October 13, 2006 the airport had 57,668 aircraft operations, average 157 per day: 95% general aviation, 3% military and 2% air taxi. 145 aircraft are based at the airport: 81% single-engine, 13% multi-engine, 3% helicopter and 2% jet.[1]


Originally Capital Landing Field, the airport opened in mid-1930 and was Harrisburg's first airline airport. In 1934 the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania purchased it and renamed it Harrisburg-York State Airport. It was a stop on longer air routes, principally between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. The airline wasTranscontinental and Western Airlines which became TWA and remained until 1968. (DC-9s replaced TWA's last Constellations in 1967; the 4970-ft runway was one of the shortest in the country to see airline jets.) Allegheny and Capital/United appeared in the 1940s; United pulled out in 1966.

During the 1940s the airport handled war materials for the adjacent New Cumberland Army Depot and hosted the Naval Photographic Reconnaissance Training School. The Army Air Corps stationed the 101st and 103d Observation Squadrons at Harrisburg early in the war to train pilots in observation and aerial photography. Later the Army Air Force formed the 6th Fighter Wing and 47th Bombardment Wing at the airport before their deployment overseas.

Olmsted Air Force Base, just across the river in Middletown was to close, and in 1968 Allegheny and TWA moved there to newly named Harrisburg International Airport. Capital City Airport then got its current name and became a general aviation airport.

Capital City Airport is next to the Defense Distribution Center, one of the largest military distribution centers for supplies and equipment for the U.S. Armed Forces. A parachutte rigger detachment from the 82nd Airborne Division also operates at Capital City Airport.

Since 1999 Capital City Airport has been owned and operated by the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority (SARAA).

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Coordinates: 40°13′13″N 76°51′17″W / 40.22032°N 76.85468°W / 40.22032; -76.85468