Memorial Field Airport
|Memorial Field Airport|
|IATA: HOT – ICAO: KHOT – FAA LID: HOT|
|Owner||City of Hot Springs|
|Serves||Hot Springs, Arkansas|
|Elevation AMSL||540 ft / 165 m|
|Source: FAA and airport web site|
Memorial Field Airport (IATA: HOT, ICAO: KHOT, FAA LID: HOT) is a city-owned public-use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) southwest of the central business district of the City of Hot Springs, in Garland County, Arkansas, United States. It also serves nearby Hot Springs National Park. The airport is currently used for general aviation only. Commercial service is subsidized by the Essential Air Service program. Fifteen retired Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA, which now operates as ExpressJet) Embraer 120 "Brasilia" twin turboprop aircraft are stored here.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 1,382 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 165 enplanements in 2009, and 799 in 2010. This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation airport (the commercial service category requires at least 2,500 enplanements per year).
Facilities and aircraft
Memorial Field covers an area of 844 acres (342 ha) at an elevation of 540 feet (165 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 5/23 is 6,595 by 150 feet (2,010 x 46 m) and 13/31 is 4,099 by 100 feet (1,249 x 30 m). The airport is non-towered (the existing tower is no longer staffed).
For the 12-month period ending August 31, 2010, the airport had 28,170 aircraft operations, an average of 77 per day: 95% general aviation, 4% air taxi, and 1% military. At that time there were 122 aircraft based at this airport: 69% single-engine, 26% multi-engine, 3% jet, 1% helicopter, and 1% ultralight.
Airlines and destinations
The following airline offers scheduled non-stop passenger service:
|SeaPort Airlines||Dallas-Love, El Dorado, Memphis|
Historically, Memorial Field had scheduled passenger jet service provided by Trans-Texas Airways (TTa) which subsequently changed its name to Texas International Airlines. Flights with Douglas DC-9-10 jetliners were operated nonstop or direct to Dallas/Ft. Worth and also nonstop to Memphis, Little Rock and Texarkana from the late 1960s to the late 1970s. TTa and Texas International also operated scheduled passenger flights with Convair 600 turboprop aircraft from the airport.
The original Frontier Airlines (1950-1986) served Hot Springs as well with Convair 580 turboprop service nonstop to Fayetteville, Ft. Smith, Little Rock and Memphis with direct flights being operated to Denver, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Frontier acquired Central Airlines which had previously served Hot Springs. Frontier then continued and expanded the service formerly provided by Central.
Delta Air Lines also served the airport during the 1960s with Convair 440 prop airliners. Direct, no change of plane or nonstop service was operated to Houston, Little Rock, Memphis and Shreveport.
- FAA Airport Master Record for HOT ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 25 August 2011.
- Memorial Field Airport, official web site
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. 18 December 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. 4 October 2011.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. 4 October 2010.
- timetableimages.com, Delta Air Lines 8/1/66 system timetable, pages 42,49
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-1997-2935) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2005-1-14: selecting Air Midwest, Inc., to provide essential air service at El Dorado/Camden, Jonesboro, Harrison and Hot Springs, Arkansas, at a subsidy rate of $4,155,550 annually for a two-year rate term.
- Order 2007-1-7: selecting Air Midwest, Inc. to provide essential air service at El Dorado/Camden, Jonesboro, Harrison and Hot Springs, Arkansas, at a subsidy rate of $4,296,348 annually for the two-year rate term beginning April 1, 2007.
- Order 2009-6-25: tentatively selecting Alaska Juneau Aeronautics, Inc. d/b/a SeaPort Airlines (SeaPort) to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at El Dorado/Camden, Harrison, Hot Springs, and Jonesboro, Arkansas, for two years.
- Order 2009-7-8: making final the tentative selection of Alaska Juneau Aeronautics, Inc. d/b/a SeaPort Airlines, to provide essential air service at El Dorado/Camden, Harrison, Hot Springs, and Jonesboro, Arkansas.
- Memorial Field Airport, official web site
- Airport page at City of Hot Springs website
- Hot Springs-Memorial Field (HOT) from Arkansas Department of Aeronautics
- Aerial image as of 25 January 2001 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for HOT, effective June 26, 2014
- Resources for this airport: