Fort Collins–Loveland Municipal Airport
|Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport|
|IATA: FNL – ICAO: KFNL – FAA LID: FNL|
|Owner||Fort Collins & Loveland|
|Serves||Fort Collins / Loveland, Colorado|
|Elevation AMSL||5,016 ft / 1,529 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport (IATA: FNL, ICAO: KFNL, FAA LID: FNL) is a public airport ten miles southeast of Fort Collins and northeast of Loveland, both in Larimer County, Colorado. It is used for general aviation; scheduled passenger service from Allegiant Air ended in October 2012.
The airport is west of Interstate 25 and Denver is about 55 miles (89 km) south. It serves the tourist areas of northern Colorado, such as the Rocky Mountain National Park, west of the airport. Population of the metropolitan area is about 300,000.
Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 31,094 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 31,079 in 2009 and 35,671 in 2010. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport.
FNL opened in 1964 under joint agreement and ownership by Loveland and Fort Collins. The construction of the airport followed a rise in Colorado State University’s (CSU) enrollment due to the civil rights movement.
Operation and management
FNL is jointly (50/50) owned and operated by the cities of Loveland and Fort Collins, so it is publicly owned and follows a municipal structure. The Steering Committee provides direction to the airport staff and is made up of two mayors and two city managers (one from each city). There is no airport authority, which means funding and decisions are made on behalf of the two cities. To ensure proper balance in the decision-making process, the Steering Committee is required to communicate with both city councils and involve them in any financial, development, and overall operations that occur at the airport. The airport manager is at FNL is Jason Licon, who previously served 10 years as airport manager for the Kankakee Valley Airport Authority in Kankakee, Illinois.
In the year ending January 1, 2012 the airport had 107,360 aircraft operations, average 294 per day: 96% general aviation, 3% air taxi, 1% airline, and <1% military. 237 aircraft were then based at the airport: 89% single-engine, 5% helicopter, 3% jet, 3% multi-engine, and <1% glider.
Airlines and destinations
The airport was served by Allegiant Air until October 2012. Allegiant began operations in 2003. On August 2012, at midnight the airline e-mailed airport officials revealing that operations will end. The airline said it was due to an "internal business decision" to airport officials for a period of several months. In late September 2012, at a Texas airline conference, Allegiant CEO Maurice Gallagher told a reporter from Las Vegas, Nevada that the airline left because the airport had no control tower. Since then, the airline did not elaborate on that issue.
- FAA Airport Master Record for FNL ( 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.
- "Licon hired as new director for Fort Collins-Loveland Airport". Northern Colorado Business Report. November 10, 2010.
- Hacker, Tom. "Allegiant has choice words for locals: 'Internal business decision', nothing more for local officials". Reporter-Herald. August 29, 2012.
- Hacker, Tom. "Allegiant Air quietly departs Loveland's airport for last time". Reporter-Herald at Denver Post. October 27, 2012. Retrieved on May 9, 2013.
- FNL. (2007). Master plan update: inventory of existing conditions. Retrieved from http://www.fortloveair.com/img/site_specific/uploads/A_Inventory_of_Existing_Conditions.pdf
- History Connection. (2006). Fort collins time line 1960. Retrieved from http://history.fcgov.com/archive/timeline/1960.php
- Fort Collins/Loveland Airport at City of Fort Collins website
- Loveland - Ft. Collins Municipal Airport (FNL) at Colorado DOT airport directory
- Aerial image as of October 1999 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective March 6, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for FNL, effective March 6, 2014
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