Jackson Hole Airport

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Jackson Hole Airport
Airport type Public
Owner Jackson Hole Airport Board
Serves Jackson, Wyoming
Elevation AMSL 6,451 ft / 1,966 m
Coordinates 43°36′26″N 110°44′16″W / 43.60722°N 110.73778°W / 43.60722; -110.73778Coordinates: 43°36′26″N 110°44′16″W / 43.60722°N 110.73778°W / 43.60722; -110.73778
Website www.JacksonHoleAirport.com
JAC is located in Wyoming
Location in Wyoming
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 6,300 1,920 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations 30,865
Based aircraft 50
Sources: airport web site[1] and Federal Aviation Administration[2]

Jackson Hole Airport (IATA: JACICAO: KJACFAA LID: JAC) is seven miles (11 km) north of Jackson, in Teton County, Wyoming. It is the largest airport in Wyoming[3][vague][non-primary source needed] and is owned by the Jackson Hole Airport Board.[2]

It is the only commercial airport in the United States inside a national park, in this case Grand Teton. (The Provincetown Municipal Airport in Massachusetts is on land leased from the National Park Service, but it is not in a national park.) A large fraction of air travellers to Grand Teton National Park or nearby Yellowstone National Park and western Wyoming go through the airport. The airport once had an unusual terminal resembling a pioneer log cabin which blended with the surroundings. A major $30 million terminal expansion was done in 2009–10. The new design, by Gensler,[4] still blends with the unique surroundings of the national park and Jackson Hole preservation area. The entrance is a wood walkway to the terminal building. The airport has 9 gates.


The airport was created in the 1930s as the best place to put an airport in Teton County. The airport was declared a national monument in 1943, and merged with Grand Teton National Park in 1950. The runway was extended to its current length in 1959. In the 1960s and 1970s a runway extension to 8,000 feet (2,400 m) to allow jets was considered; the National Park Service successfully opposed it. In the late 1970s jets began using the existing runway. The area is noise sensitive and the airport allows no jets louder than stage III. The airport is a popular mating ground for the rare Sage Grouse.[5]

Jackson Hole Airport is one of 16 airports that uses private screeners under contract with the Transportation Security Administration's Screening Partnership Program. Security screeners are employed by the Jackson Hole Airport Board.


Ramp at Jackson Hole Airport

Jackson Hole Airport covers 533 acres (216 ha); its one runway, 1/19, is 6,300 x 150 ft (1,920 x 46 m) asphalt. In the year ending December 1, 2009 the airport had 30,865 aircraft operations, average 85 per day: 52% general aviation, 25% air taxi, 22% airline and <1% military.[2] 52 aircraft are based at the airport: 69% single-engine, 6% multi-engine, 21% jet, 3% glider, and 1% cattle cargo.[2]

Jackson Hole Airport is noise sensitive and bans aircraft with stage-II engines (older, noisier jets). Few aircraft for charter are based at Jackson Hole Airport.[6] New Flight Charters has a Cessna T206 based there and several other charter aircraft nearby for departures from Jackson Hole Airport.[7]

The largest aircraft seen regularly is the Boeing 757-200. American Airlines has seasonal daily 757s to Dallas and Chicago; United Airlines operates it several times daily to Denver during the summer and started new B757 nonstops several times a week to Houston on June 8, 2012. Delta Air Lines has B757 flights of various frequencies to its hubs at Salt Lake City and Atlanta. Other jetliners at Jackson Hole include the Airbus A319 and A320 and the Canadair CRJ-700 regional jet.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
American Airlines Seasonal: Dallas/Fort Worth
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, Salt Lake City
Delta Connection Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Los Angeles, Seattle/Tacoma
United Airlines Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Houston-Intercontinental, Newark, Washington-Dulles
United Express Denver
Seasonal: Houston-Intercontinental, Los Angeles, San Francisco

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from JAC (Oct 2013 – Sep 2014)[8]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Denver, Colorado 106,000 Frontier, United
2 Salt Lake City, Utah 77,000 Delta
3 Chicago-O'Hare, Illinois 32,000 United
4 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 31,000 American
5 Atlanta, Georgia 20,000 Delta
6 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 13,000 Delta
7 Los Angeles, California 10,000 Delta, United
8 San Francisco, California 7,000 United
9 Houston-Intercontinental, Texas 4,000 United
10 Newark, New Jersey 2,000 United

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On August 17, 1996, a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess AFB, Texas was unable to clear Sheep Mountain, crashing into it and killing all nine aboard. The aircraft was supporting the United States Secret Service as part of a POTUS visit to the area.[9]

On December 20, 2000, Sandra Bullock survived the crash of a chartered business jet at Jackson Hole Airport. The aircraft hit a snowbank instead of the runway, shearing off the nose gear and nose cone and damaging the wings.[10]

On June 27, 2005, John T. Walton died when his CGS Hawk Arrow homebuilt aircraft (registered as an "experimental aircraft" under FAA regulations) that he was piloting crashed in Jackson, Wyoming. Walton's plane crashed at 12:20 p.m. local time (1820 GMT) shortly after taking off from Jackson Hole Airport.[11]

On December 29, 2010, An American Airlines Boeing 757 Flight 2253 from Chicago-O'Hare Overran the runway. There were no injuries.

World's Top 10 Airport Approaches[edit]

Jackson Hole Airport came third in a survey conducted by PrivateFly.com in 2011 to find the world's best airport approaches.[12]



  1. ^ Jackson Hole Airport, official web site
  2. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for JAC (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2010-11-18
  3. ^ "Airport improvement projects". Jackson Hole Airport. 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Jackson Hole Airport Terminal Expansion, Wyoming/USA by Gensler
  5. ^ Jackson Hole Airport: History
  6. ^ AirNav: Jackson Hole Airport
  7. ^ New Flight Charters: Jackson Hole Airport
  8. ^ http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=JAC&Airport_Name=Jackson, WY: Jackson Hole&carrier=FACTS
  9. ^ Jones II, Roy A. (18 August 1996). "Dyess C-130 crashes; no survivors". Abilene Reporter-News. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Plane Crash Involving Actress Sandra Bullock". AirSafe.com. 16 November 2007. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "DEN05FA100". NTSB. 31 October 2006. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  12. ^ PrivateFly.com

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