Hagerstown Regional Airport
|Hagerstown Regional Airport
Richard A. Henson Field
|IATA: HGR – ICAO: KHGR – FAA LID: HGR|
|Elevation AMSL||703 ft / 214 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Hagerstown Regional Airport (IATA: HGR, ICAO: KHGR, FAA LID: HGR), also known as Richard A. Henson Field, is a county-owned public-use airport in Washington County, Maryland, United States. It is located four nautical miles (5 mi, 7 km) north of the central business district of Hagerstown, Maryland, about a half mile (800 m) from the Maryland/Pennsylvania border. The airport is in Western Maryland off Interstate 81 and U.S. Route 11, not far from Northern Virginia, South Central Pennsylvania, and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.
According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 1,696 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 13,365 enplanements in 2009, and 10,665 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation airport based on 2008 enplanements (the commercial service category requires at least 2,500 per year).
The facility was named Washington County Regional Airport in 1981, when ownership was transferred from the City of Hagerstown to Washington County. In 1998, the county renamed it Hagerstown Regional Airport - Richard A. Henson Field.
US Airways Express served Hagerstown Regional for quite some time. The last discontinued destination from HGR was Pittsburgh International Airport. Due to low ridership and an expired federal subsidy, the airline cancelled service in September 2007. The airport was without an airline for just over a year until the advent of Allegiant Air which ended its service in July 2010.
Allegiant Air flew from HGR to Orlando Sanford International Airport with two departures on Friday and two arrivals on Monday. The airline started commercial service on 14 November 2008. The airline used the McDonnell Douglas MD-82/MD-83 aircraft on this route. Scheduled service ended on July 19, 2010, but has since resumed. On August 13, 2013, Allegiant began a three–month hiatus from operations at Hagerstown Regional Airport. They will resume service on November 15, 2013 with afternoon flights.
In July and August 2011 the airport had service from Direct Air operated by Dynamic Airways to Lakeland, Florida and Myrtle Beach. Direct Air then identified Hagerstown as a seasonal market. Direct Air's decision was based on several contributing factors, these include, fuel costs; the number of advance ticket sales approaching the fall and winter months; the summer vacation season nearing an end, aircraft availability and the underlying tone of the economy which is indicating a slowing of leisure travel spending nationwide. Direct Air stated they planned on returning to the Hagerstown market in the spring of 2012. The charter carrier was subject to Chapter 7 liquidation on April 12, 2012.
Facilities and aircraft
Hagerstown Regional-Richard A. Henson Field covers an area of 693 acres (280 ha) at an elevation of 703 feet (214 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 9/27 is 7,000 by 150 feet (2,134 x 46 m) and 2/20 is 3,165 by 100 feet (965 x 30 m).
For the 12-month period ending March 31, 2011, the airport had 43,035 aircraft operations, an average of 117 per day: 79% general aviation, 11% military, 10% air taxi, and <1% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 129 aircraft based at this airport: 94% single-engine, 4% jet, and 2% ultralight.
Cape Air served Hagerstown Regional with four flights daily on Cessna 402 aircraft to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. These flights are were subsidized by the Essential Air Service federal program. This service ended in November, 2012 and was replaced by EAS-subsidized service by Sun Air International to Washington Dulles International Airport.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:
|Sun Air International||Washington-Dulles|
Hagerstown Regional Airport is 15 minutes by car from downtown Hagerstown, and it is located directly off Interstate 81 and U.S. Route 11. Interstate 70 is 5 miles (8.0 km) south of the airport and the airport is accessible via Interstate 81. Parking at the airport is free. Car rental service are available at the airport. Taxi service is available to and from the airport upon request. County Commuter buses make regular stops at the airport, and there are also buses to nearby hotels.
On 19 February 2005, a Cessna 402 landed without the right wheel of the main landing gear. The pilot managed to burn most of the fuel off to prevent a fire. The pilot was able to land on Runway 27 and all five people on board deplaned within minutes. Nobody was hurt. Several fire departments around the Tri-State area responded to the incident.
On 23 July 2009, a Robinson R-44 helicopter crashed shortly after taking off from Hagerstown Regional Airport. The helicopter crashed onto Interstate 70 near South Mountain at 10:30 p.m. 4 people on board were killed and nobody on the ground was hurt. The NTSB is investigating the cause of the crash.
- FAA Airport Master Record for HGR ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 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..
- Mitchell, Kent A. (Fall 2003). "The Hagerstown Airport" (PDF). American Aviation Historical Society Journal (Vol. 48 Number 3).
- Heath, Dan (April 12, 2012). "Direct Air bankruptcy goes to Chapter 7". Plattsburgh Press-Republican. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
- "Governor O’Malley Welcomes New Air Service Between Hagerstown and BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport". Press Release. Maryland Department of Transportation. January 6, 2009. Retrieved February 28, 2009.
- Scotz, Andrew. Dulles in, BWI out from Hagerstown Regional Airport, The Herald-Mail, October 28, 2012, Retrieved 2012-11-01
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2006-25228) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2006-10-12: selecting Mesa Air Group, Inc., d/b/a Air Midwest, Inc., to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Hagerstown, Maryland, consisting of two nonstop round trips a day to Pittsburgh International Airport, at the annual subsidy rate of $854,452, beginning 45 days after the date of service of this order, or when the carrier inaugurates two-round-trip service, whichever occurs first, through September 30, 2007.
- Order 2008-12-33: selecting Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Hagerstown, Maryland, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, beginning when the carrier inaugurates service, through September 30, 2009, at the annual subsidy rates of $1,203,167 for Hagerstown and $1,372,474 for Lancaster.
- Order 2010-10-1: extending the current subsidy contract of Cape Air to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Hagerstown, Maryland, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, through September 30, 2011.
- Order 2012-2-13: extending the contract of Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air to provide subsidized Essential Air Service (EAS) at Hagerstown, Maryland, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, until further notice; and requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing EAS at Hagerstown and/or Lancaster, through September 30, 2015, with or without subsidy.
- Hagerstown Regional Airport, official website
- Aerial image as of March 1999 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective December 12, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for HGR, effective December 12, 2013
- Resources for this airport: