Elko Regional Airport

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Elko Regional Airport
J.C. Harris Field
Elko Regional Airport.jpg
Elko Regional Airport terminal
Airport type Public
Owner City of Elko
Serves Elko, Nevada
Elevation AMSL 5,140 ft / 1,567 m
Coordinates 40°49′30″N 115°47′30″W / 40.82500°N 115.79167°W / 40.82500; -115.79167Coordinates: 40°49′30″N 115°47′30″W / 40.82500°N 115.79167°W / 40.82500; -115.79167
Website www.ci.elko.nv.us/airport/...
EKO is located in Nevada
Location of airport in Nevada
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 7,214 2,199 Asphalt
12/30 2,871 875 Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations 16,520
Based aircraft 69
FAA diagram of Elko Regional Airport

Elko Regional Airport (IATA: EKOICAO: KEKOFAA LID: EKO), formerly Elko Municipal Airport, is a city-owned public airport one mile (1.6 km) west of the central business district of Elko, in Elko County, Nevada.[1]

The airport was named J.C. Harris Field in 1975 in honor of Jess C. Harris, a sheriff from Elko known as "The Flying Sheriff".[2]


On April 6, 1926, when it was called Elko Airport, it was the terminus for the first scheduled air mail run in the United States, flown by Varney Air Lines.[3]

United Airlines served Elko with Boeing 737-200 jetliners from November 1977 until 1982 flying a routing of San Francisco - Reno - Elko - Ely - Salt Lake City. This route had also been operated as United's last piston powered flight with a Douglas DC-6 propliner until 1970. United replaced their B737 service with Convair 580 turboprops operated by Frontier Airlines (1950-1986) via a subcontract arrangement using the "UA" two letter airline code for these flights.[4]

Casino Express Airlines also served the airport with Boeing 737-200s and was based in Elko. This air carrier supported the local casino industry and operated what were essentially scheduled charter flights from Elko to many U.S. cities starting in the late 1980s. Casino Express eventually changed its name to Xtra Airways which subsequently ended these 737 flights from Elko.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Elko Regional Airport covers 700 acres (280 ha) and has two asphalt runways: 5/23 measuring 7,214 x 150 ft (2,199 x 46 m) and 12/30 measuring 2,871 x 60 ft (875 x 18 m).[1]

In the year ending August 31, 2007 the airport had 16,520 aircraft operations, average 45 per day: 73% general aviation, 27% air taxi and <1% military. 69 aircraft were then based at this airport: 77% single-engine, 10% multi-engine, 6% jet and 7% helicopter.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Delta Connection Salt Lake City

SkyWest ("Delta Connection") flies Embraer EMB-120 turboprops between Elko and Delta Air Lines' hub at Salt Lake City International Airport.

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from Elko (June 2013 - May 2014)[5]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Salt Lake City, Utah 19,000 Delta


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for EKO (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-12-20
  2. ^ Air Mail Pioneers: Jess C. Harris
  3. ^ "Elko Airport". Nevada State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  4. ^ North American Official Airline Guide (OAG), February 1, 1976 edition
  5. ^ [1]

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