Friedman Memorial Airport

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Friedman Memorial Airport
Airport type Public
Owner City of Hailey
Operator Friedman Memorial
Airport Authority
Serves Hailey, Ketchum,
Sun Valley
Location Hailey, Blaine County,
Idaho, U.S.
Opened 1932,
1960 (scheduled service)
Time zone Mountain (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) (UTC−6)
Elevation AMSL 5,318 ft / 1,621 m
Coordinates 43°30′14″N 114°17′44″W / 43.50389°N 114.29556°W / 43.50389; -114.29556Coordinates: 43°30′14″N 114°17′44″W / 43.50389°N 114.29556°W / 43.50389; -114.29556
SUN is located in Idaho
Location of airport in Idaho
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 7,550 2,301 Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations 68,540
Based aircraft 150
Sources: airport website[1] and FAA[2]

Friedman Memorial Airport (IATA: SUNICAO: KSUNFAA LID: SUN) is a city-owned public-use airport in the northwest United States, located one nautical mile (2 km) southeast of the central business district of Hailey, the county seat of Blaine County, Idaho.[2] The airport is operated by the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority under a Joint Powers Agreement between the city of Hailey and Blaine County. It serves the resort communities of Sun Valley and Ketchum, and the surrounding areas in the Wood River Valley.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Friedman Memorial Airport covers an area of 171 acres (0.69 km2) at an elevation of 5,318 feet (1,621 m) above sea level. It has one asphalt paved runway designated 13/31 which measures 7,550 by 100 feet (2,301 by 30 m).[2]

For the 12-month period ending May 31, 2007, the airport had 68,540 aircraft operations, an average of 187 per day: 58% general aviation, 38% air taxi, 3% scheduled commercial and <1% military. At that time there were 150 aircraft based at this airport: 67% single-engine, 25% multi-engine, 5% jet, 1% helicopter and 1% ultralight.[2]


The Friedman family donated much of the land for the airport to the city of Hailey in 1931 and the airport was officially recognized in 1932. According to historic photographs, the site had been used for aviation as early as 1916. Scheduled commercial passenger service began at the airport 55 years ago in August 1960 with the arrival of West Coast Airlines,[3] a forerunner of both Air West and Hughes Airwest. Air West briefly served Friedman with Piper Navajo twin prop aircraft following West Coast's merger with Bonanza Air Lines and Pacific Air Lines to form Air West in 1968 while successor Hughes Airwest never served the airport. Instead, Hughes Airwest operated its McDonnell Douglas DC-9 jetliners into Twin Falls Airport which it advertised in its various system timetable during the 1970s as being a gateway for Sun Valley. According to various West Coast Airlines system timetables during the 1960s, the airline was serving Sun Valley with Douglas DC-3 and Piper Navajo twin prop aircraft.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Delta Air Lines is the dominant carrier at the airport via its Delta Connection service which was operated for many years by SkyWest Airlines with Embraer EMB-120 "Brasilia" turboprop aircraft. In January 2014 this Delta Connection service was enhanced and expanded with SkyWest-operated Canadair CRJ-700 regional jet flights. Delta operates the most flights with year round nonstop service to its Salt Lake City hub only. United Airlines started seasonal service during the winter ski season in 2013 nonstop from San Francisco which was operated by SkyWest Airlines flying as United Express using CRJ-700 regional jets. United Express has announced it will operate nonstop CRJ-700 regional jet flights to Denver effective in July 2014. Alaska Airlines, via its wholly owned regional partner Horizon Air, operate nonstop flights to Seattle and also nonstop to Los Angeles on a seasonal basis with Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft which is the largest and fastest member of the Dash 8 turboprop family. More flights operate during the winter ski season than any other time of year from the airport. Alaska/Horizon usually has 100 days of service to Los Angeles from mid December to late March.

Airlines Destinations
Alaska Airlines operated by Horizon Air Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Los Angeles
Delta Connection Salt Lake City
United Express Seasonal: Denver, San Francisco

Historically, the airport had scheduled passenger jet service provided in the past on a seasonal basis during the winter ski season by Horizon Air and America West Airlines. Horizon Air operated Fokker F28 Fellowship jets nonstop to San Francisco and Seattle while America West flew Boeing 737-300 jetliners nonstop to Los Angeles and Phoenix. Following the cessation of these F28 and 737 flights, the airport did not have scheduled passenger jet service for many years until Delta Connection and United Express introduced Canadair CRJ-700 jet flights into Sun Valley in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

In the 1970s, the airport was served by Sun Valley Airlines (later "Sun Valley Key Airlines" which then changed its name to Key Airlines) using de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, Convair 440, Piper Navajo and other propeller-driven aircraft. The airfield was also briefly served over the years by Gem State Airlines, Mountain West Airlines, Golden Gate Airlines and Scenic Airlines. Transwestern Airlines provided service for two years, until sidelined by a non-fatality accident near Hailey in 1983 which involved an emergency landing attempt on Highway 75.[4] It was acquired later that year by Horizon Air, which began service in the early 1980s. Air Idaho served the airport as well during the mid 1970s with de Havilland Heron prop aircraft.[5]


  1. ^ Friedman Memorial Airport, official site
  2. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for SUN (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2008-06-05
  3. ^ "Airport History". Friedman Memorial Airport. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ "All aboard live through plane crash near Hailey". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. February 16, 1983. p. A6. 
  5. ^ February 1976 edition of Official Airline Guide

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