Gainesville Regional Airport
|Gainesville Regional Airport|
|IATA: GNV – ICAO: KGNV – FAA LID: GNV
– WMO: 74756
|Owner||City of Gainesville|
|Operator||Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||151 ft / 46 m|
|Total passengers||404,205 5%|
|Total enplanements||201,936 5%|
|Aircraft operations||70,876 3%|
|Based aircraft||185 21%|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Gainesville Regional Airport (IATA: GNV, ICAO: KGNV, FAA LID: GNV) is a public airport three miles northeast of Gainesville, in Alachua County, Florida. It is owned by Gainesville-Alachua Co. Auth. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).
Gainesville Regional Airport had 177,282 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2011 and 159,499 enplanements in 2010; total passengers were 363,747 in 2011 and 302,908 in 2010.
Construction of the airport began in April 1940 as a Works Project Administration project. In 1941 initial construction was completed. Upon conclusion of the construction by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the facility was known as the Alachua Army Airfield and was used by the Army Air Corps and the Army Air Forces.
The airfield was declared surplus in September 1945 and turned over to the Army Corps of Engineers on October 1, 1946. The War Assets Administration deeded the facility to the city of Gainesville in 1948 as a civil airport. The field was known as John R. Alison Airport or Gainesville Municipal Airport; the city operated, maintained, and improved the airport, which was renamed the Gainesville Regional Airport in October 1977. The airline terminal was dedicated to John R. Alison in 1979.
In 1986 the State Legislature passed a bill that established the Airport as the Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority. The Airport Authority has nine board members, five selected by the City of Gainesville, three by the Governor and one by Alachua County, and continues to oversee the Airport.
In recent years the Airport has substantially completed several projects: the refurbishment of its primary runway (11/29), piping of an open ditch parallel to that runway, and completion of two phases of the Terminal Renovation project. Three passenger boarding bridges have been installed.
Eclipse Aviation, maker of the Eclipse 500, operated its first factory service center in Gainesville until the company declared bankruptcy in 2009. In 2012 Silver Airways moved its maintenance facilities from Ft. Lauderdale into the existing Eclipse Aviation facility. Silver has since started providing commercial airline service to several destinations around Florida and Georgia.
The control tower operates during daylight hours.
Terminal Loop Road Rehabilitation: The loop road from the airport’s south (old) entrance will be repaved and improved. Design work is underway but construction isn’t expected until the next fiscal year. The project will be funded with a portion of an FAA grant.
Taxiway E Rehabilitation: Paving of Phase 2, the new apron connector, is just getting underway. Right after the apron will be the connector to taxiway E-5. Work also continues on drainage structures north of the apron.
The new road connects the terminal loop to State Road 24 (Waldo Road.) The original entrance from SR 222 (NE 39th Ave) will remain open to all traffic. (Complete)
Rehabilitation of Runway 7-25: Design of repaving the 4,100+feet general aviation runway is being completed by the FDOT. Project is expected to be advertised for bids in late June/July.
Terminal HVAC: the new system is completely installed…just in time for a week of temps in the 90s. (Complete)
Ticket Counter Upgrades: A bid advertisement will go out this month for renovations of the airline ticketing counter area. The airlines will get new cabinetry, lighting and signage. Renovations are expected in early fall.
Capital improvement projects in the master plan include expansions of the terminal building, including an addition to the concourse, room for an additional screening lane for the Transportation Security Administration, for an estimated cost of $10.6 million combined.
The airport also is seeking to move and replace its fire station building.
A new tower, estimated at $4 million, would be built near the current one, which was built in 1973. It would be taller — more than 70 feet compared to 50 feet.
In the year ending September 30, 2011 the airport had 70,876 aircraft operations, average 366 per day: 73% general aviation, 8% air taxi, 8% military and 1% airline. 185 aircraft are based at the airport: 83% single-engine, 9% multi-engine, 4% jet and 4% helicopter.
Gainesville Regional Airport has one full service FBO, University Air Center. There were two, Gulf Atlantic Airways and Flight Line. Flight Line's contract with the airport authority expired and Gulf Atlantic became University Air Center. University Air Center has a pilots lounge with TV, snack machines, aircraft rentals and charters, flight instruction, and fuel. A second flight school, Sky Chiefs Aviation, is on the airport and provides full service flight training and aircraft rental.
Gainesville Regional Airport's terminal has 3 gates. Gate 1 is used by Silver Airways and US Airways Express. Gate 2 is used by American Eagle. Gate 3 is used by Delta Airlines and Delta Connection. The airport terminal has a snack bar and a gift shop. The airport's ground transportation is served by taxis, rental car companies, RTS bus stop, and hotel shuttle buses.
Airlines and destinations
Scheduled passenger service:
|American Eagle operated by Envoy Air||Miami||2|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta||3|
|Silver Airways||Orlando, Tampa||1|
|US Airways Express||Charlotte||1|
- FAA Airport Master Record for GNV ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (GNV: Gainesville Regional)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "Primary, Non-primary Commercial Service, and General Aviation Airports (by State)" (PDF, 1.7 MB). CY 2011 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 9, 2012.
- "17,000 greet President Bush on brief stop in Gainesville". Gainesville Sun. November 1, 2004.
- "Monthly Meeting Highlights" (DOC). Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority. November 18, 2004.
- "The Travels of President George W. Bush". GWU.edu. October 2004.
- "Gainesville Airport gets new tenants". Gainesville Sun. April 28, 2009.
- "Turbulent times". Gainesville Sun. January 9, 2010.
- "Silver Airways bringing maintenance facility to Gainesville". Gainesville Sun. January 19, 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gainesville Regional Airport.|
- Gainesville Regional Airport (official site)
- PDF brochure from CFASPP
- (PDF), effective September 18, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for GNV, effective September 18, 2014
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