Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport
|Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport|
|IATA: ITH – ICAO: KITH – FAA LID: ITH|
|Serves||Ithaca, New York|
|Elevation AMSL||1,099 ft / 335 m|
|Sources: FAA and airport web site|
Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (IATA: ITH, ICAO: KITH, FAA LID: ITH) is a county owned, public use airport three nautical miles (6 km) northeast of the central business district of Ithaca, the county seat and largest city in Tompkins County, New York, United States. Situated near New York State Route 13, it serves the southern Finger Lakes Region. It is used for private as well as commercial passenger and freight aviation.
This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service facility. As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 91,866 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 109,991 enplanements in 2009, and 121,390 in 2010.
The original Ithaca Municipal Airport was located west of downtown Ithaca, near the inlet of Cayuga Lake. Its single short runway, proximity to the Lehigh Valley freight yards on the south side, the Cayuga Lake marshes on the north side, and fog in the lake valley posed serious limits to growth, however. Cornell University opened the existing airport on East Hill in 1948 and transferred its ownership to the County in 1956. The former airport site is now Cass Park, including a hangar which was renovated in 1975 to house the Hangar Theatre.
The original airport was the base where aviation pioneer Cecil Robinson began flying aerial photography missions. In 1945 shortly after the end of World War II, he created Robinson Airlines, basing its maintenance operations at the airport. The airline changed its name to Mohawk Airlines in 1952 and merged with Allegheny Airlines in 1972. Later the airport was also served by Empire Airlines and Air North, the of latter which became Brockway Air, which was merged into Piedmont Airlines. Allegheny, Piedmont, and Empire were all eventually merged into US Airways.
Other carriers that served the airport include Commuter Airlines, Mall Airways, Command Airways (later dba American Eagle), Ransome Airlines (also dba TW Express and United Express), and Continental Express.
In 1994 the runway was extended from 5,801 feet (1,768 m) in length to its present 6,601 feet (2,012 m) and an entirely new, 33,000 square foot (3,000 m²) terminal building opened, replacing the cramped, aging original building. The airport received its current name on March 20, 2001. The northwest-facing runway 32 is equipped with an instrument landing system approach and an associated medium intensity approach light system with runway alignment lights. Runway 14, facing southeast, has an instrument approach based on the VOR/DME located at the airport. A short turf runway was commissioned parallel to the paved runway, but during the 1980s another turf runway oriented north-south was available to the west of the terminal building and was approximately 1,802 feet (549 m) long and 100 feet (30 m) wide.
Commercial traffic peaked in 1990 at 226,813 passengers, but by the end of the decade the small size of the market, relative proximity to Syracuse Hancock International Airport and other regional airports, and crowded conditions in Northeastern airspace had led Trans World Airlines, United Airlines, and finally Continental Airlines to seek more profitable routes, leaving US Airways the sole carrier.
In late 2004, after negotiations with the County, Northwest Airlines agreed to add Northwest Airlink service to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, which began on May 2, 2005. US Airways nonstop service to Pittsburgh, where it maintains focus city operations, resumed on November 9, 2005 but ceased again on April 1, 2006 due to low yield. Passenger traffic has improved with the additional service; the airport served about 140,000 passengers in 2004, increasing to around 170,000 in 2007. On October 6, 2008, Continental Connection resumed service between Ithaca and Newark Liberty International Airport with four daily flights. In 2011, the airport served 242,493 passengers using three commercial airlines.
In 2009, Regional Elite Airline Services took over the ground handling duties from Mesaba Airlines for the Delta Connection flights to Detroit. As of November of 2012, all ground handling for Delta and United Airlines will be handled by DAL Global Services.
Facilities and aircraft
Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport covers an area of 531 acres (215 ha) at an elevation of 1,099 feet (335 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 14/32 is 6,977 by 150 feet (2,127 x 46 m) with an asphalt surface and 15/33 is 2,018 by 50 feet (615 x 15 m) with a turf surface.
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2011, the airport had 41,286 aircraft operations, an average of 113 per day: 77% general aviation, 23% air taxi, <1% military, and <1% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 57 aircraft based at this airport: 77% single-engine, 9% multi-engine, and 14% jet.
For over 50 years, the airport has been home to the East Hill Flying Club which offers lessons and the use of seven small planes to its members. It is also the home of Taughannock Aviation which provides business jet charter and management as well as being the fixed base operator for the airport.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service at this airport:
|Delta Connection operated by Endeavor Air||Detroit|
|United Express operated by CommutAir||Newark|
|US Airways Express operated by Air Wisconsin||Philadelphia|
|US Airways Express operated by Piedmont Airlines||Philadelphia|
TCAT Route 32 travels to Cornell University and downtown Ithaca (Ithaca Comons) Monday through Friday, On weekends, similar service is provided by Route 72 serves the airport on weekends. Both routes operate hourly, or more frequently, throughout most of the day.
Ithaca Dispatch (Cayuga, University, Yellow Cab) operates a taxi stand at the airport, although it may be necessary to call in advance, especially during peak hours. Fares to and from the airport are standardized.
- FAA Airport Master Record for ITH ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport". official website.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (ITH: Ithaca / Tompkins County)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "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.
- "FAA Contract Tower Closure List". American Association of Airport Executives. March 22, 2013.
- "FAA: 149 control towers to close at small airports". USA Today. March 22, 2013.
- Hangar Theatre
- Milian, Kevin (February 13, 2012), "After Deal, U.S. Airways Cancels Ithaca Flights to LaGuardia", Cornell Daily Sun
- East Hill Flying Club
- Taughannock Aviation
- TCAT route 32
- TCAT route 72
- Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport
- Ithaca Tompkins Regional (ITH) at New York State DOT Airport Directory
- Aerial image as of March 1995 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective November 14, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for ITH, effective November 14, 2013
- Resources for this airport: