Dubuque Regional Airport
|Dubuque Regional Airport|
|IATA: DBQ – ICAO: KDBQ – FAA LID: DBQ|
|Owner||City of Dubuque|
|Elevation AMSL||1,077 ft / 328 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Dubuque Regional Airport (IATA: DBQ, ICAO: KDBQ, FAA LID: DBQ) is a public use airport located seven nautical miles (8 mi, 13 km) southwest of the central business district of Dubuque, a city in Dubuque County, Iowa, United States. Situated along U.S. Highway 61, the airport is owned by the city of Dubuque, and is operated as a department of the city government. The city council appoints people for four-year terms to the Airport Commission board, which oversees the airport. For day to day operations, the Commission hires an airport manager to run the airport. DBQ is mostly used for general aviation, but has scheduled passenger service provided by one airline. There is also a charter service which is run by Chartaire, Inc. The airport also offers maintenance and refueling services, including services for jets.
This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service facility. As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 42,870 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 39,359 enplanements in 2009, and 33,861 in 2010.
Northwest Airlines announced on February 7, 2008 that its regional partner Mesaba Airlines operating as Northwest Airlink will once again return with service to Dubuque with twice daily flights to and from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport using Saab 340 aircraft. These flights began on June 20, 2008. On July 2, 2009, the merged Delta/Northwest Airlines announced it would discontinue all service to Dubuque citing weakened demand throughout its system. This left DBQ with only one airline providing commercial service.
Facilities and aircraft
Dubuque Regional Airport covers an area of 1,240 acres (502 ha) at an elevation of 1,077 feet (328 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways with concrete surfaces: 18/36 is 6,327 by 150 feet (1,928 x 46 m) and 13/31 is 6,502 by 100 feet (1,982 x 30 m).
For the 12-month period ending September 30, 2011, the airport had 48,417 aircraft operations, an average of 132 per day: 93% general aviation, 7% air taxi, <1% military, and <1% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 74 aircraft based at this airport: 82% single-engine, 15% multi-engine, and 3% jet.
The University of Dubuque has a flight operations center at the airport. This operations center provides for pilot training in the school's aviation programs. This includes both ground school and actual flight training. The University has two hangars with exclusively their aircraft and a third hangar that is shared.
The terminal features free WI-FI internet access. The airport also recently installed enclosed walkways at the gates, allowing passengers to walk to and from the planes without having to go outdoors. The terminal has a small cafe (FlyDBQ Cafe), ATM, vending, and gaming machines. The terminal has three gates for airline passengers and a jet bridge. The terminal also has a baggage carousel, desks for three airlines and rental car services including Avis and Hertz.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service at this airport:
|American Connection operated by Chautauqua Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare|
American Airlines provides flights to and from O'Hare International Airport in Chicago four times a day, which generally take under an hour. At one time propeller driven aircraft were used, but American has since upgraded to using regional jets.
The airport has been recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration a number of times for its strong commitment to safety. It won the FAA's "Airport Safety Enhancement Award" in 1994, 1997, 2000, and 2003. In order to receive this honor, an airport must be free from discrepancies during an inspection for three consecutive years. In 2008, the Dubuque Regional Airport marked 18 consecutive years of perfect safety inspections in accordance with FAR Part 139. That record is unmatched among the approximately 600 certified U.S. airports.
In order to update aging facilities and accommodate continued growth, the City of Dubuque announced in 2007 that it intends to build a new, larger airport terminal building in the coming years. The new $23 million facility is a part of the airport's master improvement plan, however, no timeline has been given for the completion of the building.
The city has also expressed an interest in courting additional airlines to serve the airport. Up until recently, Dubuque Regional had up to three air carriers. Two were eliminated when the airline industry met hard financial times following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. However, with strong passenger numbers, a growing tourism industry, and financial stability among air carriers, expanded service seems increasingly likely in Dubuque.
- FAA Airport Master Record for DBQ ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- Chartaire, Inc.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "FAA Contract Tower Closure List". American Association of Airport Executives. March 22, 2013.
- "FAA: 149 control towers to close at small airports". USA Today. March 22, 2013.
- "Northwest Airlines Announces New Nonstop Service Between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Dubuque, Iowa" (Press release). Northwest Airlines. February 7, 2008.[dead link]
- "NW AIRLINES IS BACK" (Press release). Dubuque Regional Airport. February 7, 2008.[dead link]
- Mutzabaugh, Ben. "Mileage calculator". USA Today. Retrieved May 1, 2010.[dead link]
- "Part 139 Airport Safety Enhancement Awards". Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved May 22, 2007.
- "Airport Info". Dubuque Regional Airport. Retrieved May 22, 2007.
- "City of Dubuque: Fiscal year 2008 recommended budget" (PDF). City of Dubuque. Archived from the original on June 24, 2008. Retrieved May 22, 2007.
- Dubuque Regional Airport, official website
- Aerial image as of April 1994 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective December 12, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for DBQ, effective December 12, 2013
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