Evansville Regional Airport
|Evansville Regional Airport|
|IATA: EVV – ICAO: KEVV – FAA LID: EVV
– WMO: 72432
|Owner||Evansville/Vanderburgh Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||418 ft / 127 m|
FAA diagram of Evansville Regional
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Evansville Regional Airport (IATA: EVV, ICAO: KEVV, FAA LID: EVV) is a public airport three miles north of Evansville, in Vanderburgh County, Indiana. It is owned by the Evansville/Vanderburgh Airport Authority.
Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 193,349 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 153,993 in 2009 and 169,967 in 2010. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 calls it a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).
It has nearly 35 daily flights to and from airline hubs: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Detroit.
Built in 1928 on 260 acres (1.1 km²) of land along U.S. Highway 41 and funded by a city bond issue, the original airport had a small terminal, weather bureau, hangar, runways, boundary lights, grading, and drainage.
On June 16, 1930 the Evansville Municipal Airport was dedicated. The runways, 100 X 1,200 feet and four inches thick, cost $30,000. The first Evansville Airport Manager was Werner J. Genot, who took charge on December 16, 1930.
Interstate Airlines stopped at Evansville on their Chicago-Atlanta and St. Louis-Louisville routes on October 19, 1928. Also in 1928, Capital Air Corporation started passenger flights through Evansville. The airport did not have an airline from February 1933 until 1940, when Eastern Airlines started two departures a day. Plans were made for expansion.
In 1950 a new terminal opened at a cost of $787,000. The Evansville City Council passed an ordinance to change the name of the airport to Dress Memorial Airport on October 11, 1950, and on October 29, 1950, the new terminal was dedicated. The airport property now covered 467 acres; 347 acres was used for aircraft operations and 120 acres was used for agriculture.
The first jet at the Evansville airport landed in September 1964, a chartered 727 carrying presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.
The original terminal was replaced in 1988 with the new William H. Dress Terminal, designed by Hafer Associates with 140,000 square feet (13,000 m²) and ten gates.
In January 2012, the airport announced the adding of four new jet bridges. At the beginning of 2013, the jet bridges were installed. This allowed passengers to avoid having to exit the terminal and board the plane from the outside. It was the first time Evansville Regional Airport had new jet bridges, since US Air exited the Evansville market in the 1990s. A subsequent ribbon cutting took place at the airport on 17 January 2013.
In the 2010s, the airport began to see passenger growth. In response to this, on August 20, 2014, Delta Air Lines upgraded to a Boeing 717 with daily service to Atlanta. Also, on October 2, 2014, US Airways Express began daily service to Charlotte using a Bombardier CRJ-200.
Facilities and aircraft
Evansville Regional Airport covers 1,250 acres (506 ha) at an elevation of 418 feet (127 m) above mean sea level. It has three asphalt runways: 4/22 is 8,021 by 150 feet (2,444 x 46 m); 18/36 is 6,286 by 150 feet (1,916 x 46 m); 9/27 is 3,500 by 75 feet (1,067 x 23 m).
The airport has an Instrument Landing System.
In the year ending June 30, 2012 the airport had 41,142 aircraft operations, average 112 per day: 63% general aviation, 30% air taxi, 7% military, and <1% scheduled commercial. 46 aircraft were then based at the airport: 57% single-engine, 30% jet, and 13% multi-engine.
The William H. Dress airport terminal boasts a number of amenities and services for airline passengers and visitors. The WiFi Lounge offers 24/7 internet access and comfortable chairs and tables. The Meals & More Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, daily specials, and includes a gift shop with dozens of different items for sale. The Cocktail Lounge is stocked with brand-name beers, wines, spirits, and local favorites for passengers' 21 and over enjoyment. Flat screen TVs and sitting areas are also provided. An assortment of different games and a play room for children are offered in the front of the terminal. Visitors can also browse a collection of airplane models with brief facts on each of the planes. The airport also includes an observation area in the concourse to view tarmac operations, and aircraft operations. There are also meeting rooms free of charge to conduct business meetings while still in the terminal building. Valets are available outside to assist with luggage and parking if needed. Hotel shuttles to select locations in the Evansville area can also be requested in the lobby. The terminal has two concourses set for Delta and American. Each concourse has two jet bridges, and each has vending machines, restrooms, drinking fountains, and other amenities. Delta operates out of Concourse A, gates A1-A3, and American operates out of Concourse B, gates B1-B3. An additional 5 gates that are not being used can be used for more aircraft.
Airlines and destinations
|American Eagle||Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth||B|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta||A|
|Delta Connection||Atlanta, Detroit||A|
|US Airways Express||Charlotte||B|
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|1||Atlanta, GA||Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)||56,000|
|2||Detroit, MI||Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW)||43,000|
|3||Chicago, IL||O'Hare International (ORD)||41,000|
|4||Dallas/Fort Worth, TX||Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW)||21,000|
- On December 13, 1977, Douglas C-53 N51071 of National Jet Services crashed on take-off from Evansville on a non-scheduled passenger flight to Nashville Metropolitan Airport, Tennessee. All 29 people on board were killed, including the entire University of Evansville basketball team. The cause of the accident was that the gust locks had not been removed and the aircraft was improperly loaded, resulting in an aft CoG.
- On February 6, 1992 a C-130 military transport aircraft operated by the Kentucky Air National Guard, with five crew aboard, crashed at 9:48 A.M. one mile south of the airport in the parking lot of JoJo's restaurant in connection with the Drury Inn on U.S. Highway 41. Sixteen people were killed in the crash and fifteen others were injured. Both JoJo's restaurant and Drury Inn just south of the airport were damaged but were repaired and continued operating, although the former JoJo's building now houses a Denny's restaurant 
- FAA Airport Master Record for EVV ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "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.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "EVV History". Evansville Regional Airport. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
- "Civic Projects by Hafer Associates". Hafer Associates. Retrieved September 4, 2007.
- "Evansville, IN: Evansville Regional (EVV)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. May 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2014.
- "N51071 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved August 5, 2010.
- "Indiana plane crashes". Indianapolis Star. May 1, 2002. Retrieved June 6, 2008.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
- Evansville Regional Airport (official site)
- Aerial photo from Indiana Department of Transportation
- Aerial image as of March 1998 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective October 16, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for EVV, effective October 16, 2014
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