Imperial County Airport
|Imperial County Airport
|IATA: IPL – ICAO: KIPL – FAA LID: IPL|
|Serves||Imperial / El Centro|
|Location||Imperial County, California|
|Elevation AMSL||-54 ft / -16 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Imperial County Airport (IATA: IPL, ICAO: KIPL, FAA LID: IPL) is a county-owned public-use airport in Imperial County, California, United States. Also known as Boley Field, it is mostly used for general aviation, but has scheduled passenger service from one commercial airline. Service is subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.
The airport is located one nautical mile (2 km) south of the central business district of Imperial, California, partially in the City of Imperial and partially in an unincorporated area of Imperial County. It serves nearby communities, including El Centro.
As per the Federal Aviation Administration, this airport had 7,061 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 5,641 in 2009, and 4,752 in 2010. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport.
Its first airline flights were Bonanza DC-3s about 1953.
Facilities and aircraft
Imperial County Airport covers an area of 370 acres (150 ha) at an elevation of 54 feet (16 m) below mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 14/32 is 5,304 by 100 feet (1,617 x 30 m) and 8/26 is 4,500 by 75 feet (1,372 x 23 m).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2011, the airport had 14,589 aircraft operations, an average of 39 per day: 71% general aviation, 10% scheduled commercial, 2% air taxi, and 17% military. At that time there were 47 aircraft based at this airport: 83% single-engine, 8.5% multi-engine, and 8.5% helicopter.
Airlines and destinations
The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:
|SeaPort Airlines||Burbank, San Diego|
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|Rank||City||Airport name & IATA code||Passengers|
|1||Los Angeles, CA||Los Angeles International (LAX)||1,050|
|2||San Diego, CA||San Diego International (SAN)||810|
|3||Burbank, CA||Bob Hope Airport (BUR)||770|
|4||Van Nuys, CA||Van Nuys Airport (VNY)||<10|
|5||Ontario, CA||Ontario International (ONT)||<10|
- FAA Airport Master Record for IPL ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (IPL: El Centro / Imperial County)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
- "Imperial city, California." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 26, 2009.
- "Pilot Who Left Note in Airplane Hunted." Los Angeles Times. May 19, 1970. 3. Retrieved on September 26, 2009.
- "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.
- "El Centro, CA: Imperial County (IPL)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. December 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket DOT-OST-2008-0299) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2008-12-26 (December 29, 2008): selecting SkyWest Airlines, Inc., d/b/a United Express, to provide essential air service at El Centro/Imperial, California, at an annual subsidy rate of $662,551 through December 31, 2010. SkyWest to provide 13 nonstop round trips per week to Los Angeles with 30-seat Embraer Brasilia aircraft,
- Order 2009-5-21 (May 27, 2009): Approving Alternate Service Pattern
- Order 2010-12-6 (December 3, 2010): selecting SkyWest Airlines, Inc., d/b/a United Express, to provide essential air service at El Centro, California, at an annual subsidy rate of $1,852,091 through December 31, 2012. SkyWest to provide 13 nonstop round trips per week to Los Angeles (LAX) with 30-seat Embraer Brasilia turboprops for $1,852,091 annual subsidy.
- Order 2013-01-02 (January 2, 2013): selecting SeaPort Airlines, Inc. (SeaPort), to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at El Centro, California, for $1,943,7511 annually for 29 nonstop round trips per week to San Diego (SAN) on Cessna 208 Caravan aircraft, 9-seat, single engine turboprop.
- Order 2014-4-26 (April 24, 2014): directing interested persons to show cause as to why the Department should not terminate the eligibility ... under the Essential Air Service (EAS) program based on criteria passed by Congress in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Public Law No. 112-95). We find that El Centro is within 175 miles of a large or medium hub, San Diego International Airport (SAN), a large hub, and, thus, is subject to the 10-enplanement statutory criterion. We also find that during fiscal year 2013, El Centro generated a total of 5,950 passengers (inbound plus outbound). Consistent with the methodology described above, that results in an average of 9.5 enplanements per day, below the 10-enplanement statutory criterion necessary to remain eligible in the EAS program.
- Airport page at Imperial County web site
- Aerial image as of May 2002 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective August 21, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for IPL, effective August 21, 2014
- Resources for this airport: