Great Bend Municipal Airport

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For the World War II use of this facility, see Great Bend Army Airfield.
Great Bend Municipal Airport
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Airport type Public
Owner City of Great Bend
Serves Great Bend, Kansas
Elevation AMSL 1,887 ft / 575 m
Coordinates 38°20′39″N 098°51′33″W / 38.34417°N 98.85917°W / 38.34417; -98.85917Coordinates: 38°20′39″N 098°51′33″W / 38.34417°N 98.85917°W / 38.34417; -98.85917
GBD is located in Kansas
Location of airport in Kansas
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 7,851 2,393 Asphalt
11/29 4,706 1,434 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 21,181
Based aircraft 31
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Great Bend Municipal Airport (IATA: GBDICAO: KGBDFAA LID: GBD) is a city owned, public use airport located four nautical miles (7 km) west of the central business district of Great Bend, a city in Barton County, Kansas, United States.[1] It is mostly used for general aviation, but is also served by one commercial airline subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.

As per the Federal Aviation Administration, this airport had 1,407 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[2] 927 in 2009, and 719 in 2010.[3] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a general aviation airport (the commercial service category requires at least 2,500 enplanements per year).[4]


During World War II, the facility was Great Bend Army Airfield and was used for United States Army Air Forces Second Air Force training. It was one of the first B-29 Superfortress bases, used to organize XXI Bomber Command before it deployed to the Western Pacific in 1944. It was closed during the late 1940s and turned over to civil control.

The airport is the site of the first nationwide NHRA event, held in 1955.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Great Bend Municipal Airport covers an area of 1,887 acres (764 ha) at an elevation of 1,887 feet (575 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 17/35 is 7,851 by 100 feet (2,393 x 30 m) and 11/29 is 4,706 by 75 feet (1,434 x 23 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending October 31, 2011, the airport had 21,181 aircraft operations, an average of 58 per day: 81% general aviation, 12% air taxi, 7% scheduled commercial, and <1% military. At that time there were 31 aircraft based at this airport: 81% single-engine, and 19% multi-engine.[1]

Airline and non-stop destinations[edit]

The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
SeaPort Airlines Salina, Wichita


Carrier shares: January – December 2013[5]
Carrier   Passengers (arriving and departing)
Great Lakes
Top domestic destinations: Jan. – Dec. 2013[5]
Rank Destination Airport Passengers
2013 2012
1 Denver, CO Denver International (DEN) 930 930
2 Hays, KS Hays Regional (HYS) 10 20


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for GBD (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 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. ^ a b "Great Bend, KS: Great Bend Municipal (GBD)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. December 2013. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 

Other sources[edit]

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket DOT-OST-1998-3496) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Order 2009-9-5 (September 11, 2009): re-selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to provide essential air service (EAS) at Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend, Hays, and Liberal for the two-year period from October 1, 2009, through September 30, 2011, at combined annual subsidy rates of $8,897,565. Great Bend, Kansas: Docket OST-1998-3496; Scheduled Service: 12 one-stop round trips per week to Kansas City; Aircraft: Beech 1900, 19 seats.
    • Order 2011-10-24 (October 31, 2011): re-selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to provide essential air service (EAS) at Great Bend and Hays combined for $3,246,061 annual subsidy. Effective Period: Two year period beginning when American Eagle begins full EAS (at Garden City) through the 24th month thereafter. Great Bend: 12 one-stop round trips per week to Denver with Beech 1900 aircraft.
    • Order 2014-3-9 (March 14, 2014): selecting SeaPort Airlines, Inc. to provide essential air service (EAS) at Great Bend, and sets bridge rates for Great Lakes at Great Bend and Hays until the start of replacement service.
      • Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd.: Docket 1998-3496; Effective Period: May 1, 2014 through July 31, 2014; Service: Twelve (12) one-stop round trips per week to Denver (DEN); Aircraft Type: Beech 1900; Annual Subsidy: $1,975,110.
      • SeaPort Airlines, Inc.: Docket 1998-3496; Effective Period: Start of service through July 31, 2016; Service: Eighteen (18) nonstop round trips per week to Wichita (ICT); Aircraft Type: C-208 Caravan; Annual Subsidy: $1,434,472.
    • Order 2014-4-14 (April 17, 2014): approving the request of SeaPort Airlines, Inc. to alter the service pattern for Great Bend, Kansas (GBD) by allowing service to Wichita, Kansas (ICT), and to Kansas City, Missouri (MCI) via Salina, Kansas (SLN).

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