Fort Collins–Loveland Municipal Airport

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Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport
Fort Collins–Loveland Municipal Airport Logo.jpg
IATA: FNLICAO: KFNLFAA LID: FNL
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Fort Collins & Loveland
Serves Fort Collins / Loveland, Colorado
Elevation AMSL 5,016 ft / 1,529 m
Coordinates 40°27′07″N 105°00′41″W / 40.45194°N 105.01139°W / 40.45194; -105.01139Coordinates: 40°27′07″N 105°00′41″W / 40.45194°N 105.01139°W / 40.45194; -105.01139
Website http://www.fortloveair.com
Map
FNL is located in Colorado
FNL
FNL
Location of airport in Colorado
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 8,500 2,591 Asphalt
6/24 2,273 693 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft operations 107,360
Based aircraft 237

Fort Collins–Loveland Municipal Airport (IATA: FNLICAO: KFNLFAA LID: FNL) is a public use airport located nine nautical miles (10 mi, 17 km) southeast of the central business district of Fort Collins and northeast of Loveland, both cities in Larimer County, Colorado, United States.[1] It is mostly used for general aviation; scheduled passenger jet service operated by Allegiant Air nonstop to Las Vegas was discontinued in October 2012.

The airport is situated west of Interstate 25 and Denver is located about 55 miles (89 km) south. It is most notable for serving the tourist areas of northern Colorado, such as the Rocky Mountain National Park, which is situated directly west of the airport. FNL primarily serves the Fort Collins–Loveland Metropolitan area located in Larimer County. The population for the metropolitan area is approximately 300,000.

As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 31,094 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[2] 31,079 enplanements in 2009, and 35,671 in 2010.[3] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport.[4]

History[edit]

FNL opened in 1964 under joint agreement and ownership by Loveland and Fort Collins. The construction of the airport followed a significant rise in Colorado State University’s (CSU) enrollment due to the civil rights movement.

Operation and management[edit]

FNL is jointly (50/50) owned and operated by the two cities of Loveland and Fort Collins. This means that it is publicly owned by the cities 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. However, 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,[1] who previously served 10 years as airport manager for the Kankakee Valley Airport Authority in Kankakee, Illinois.[5]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Fort Collins–Loveland Municipal Airport covers an area of 1,065 acres (431 ha) at an elevation of 5,016 feet (1,529 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways with asphalt surfaces: 15/33 is 8,500 by 100 ft (2,591 by 30 m) and 6/24 is 2,273 by 40 ft (693 by 12 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending January 1, 2012, the airport had 107,360 aircraft operations, an average of 294 per day: 96% general aviation, 3% air taxi, 1% scheduled commercial, and <1% military. At that time there were 237 aircraft based at this airport: 89% single-engine, 5% helicopter, 3% jet, 3% multi-engine, and <1% glider.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The airport was served by Allegiant Air until October 2012.[6] 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.[7] Allegiant Air previously operated McDonnell Douglas MD-80 jetliners into Fort Collins with nonstop service to and from Las Vegas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for FNL (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Licon hired as new director for Fort Collins-Loveland Airport". Northern Colorado Business Report. November 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ Hacker, Tom. "Allegiant has choice words for locals: 'Internal business decision', nothing more for local officials". Reporter-Herald. August 29, 2012.
  7. ^ 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.

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