Johnstown–Cambria County Airport
|John Murtha Johnstown–Cambria County Airport|
|Airport terminal, March 2009|
|IATA: JST – ICAO: KJST – FAA LID: JST|
|Owner||Johnstown–Cambria County Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||2,284 ft / 696 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
John Murtha Johnstown–Cambria County Airport (IATA: JST, ICAO: KJST, FAA LID: JST) is a joint civil-military public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) northeast of the central business district of Johnstown, a city in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is owned by Johnstown–Cambria County Airport Authority. The airport is named after the late Congressman John Murtha. It is mostly used for general aviation, but is also served by one commercial airline. Service is subsidized by the Essential Air Service.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 7,634 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 7,956 enplanements in 2009, and 8,457 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport (between 2,500 and 10,000 enplanements per year).
As a joint civil-military facility, Johnstown–Cambria County Airport is home to several military units. The airport houses the Pennsylvania Army National Guard's 1-104th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (Company's HHC,A,C,D, and E) and Det 1, 1-169th Aviation (Med-Evac). It also houses the 258th Air Traffic Control Squadron (258 ATCS) of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, and Marine Wing Support Squadron 471 (MWSS-471), Detachment A, and the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 775 (HMLA-775), Detachment A, of the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing (4th MAW) of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. The military units which are flying units use helicopters, rather than fixed-wing aircraft.
The airport was dedicated in 1948 as Johnstown Municipal Airport, and at one time was served by both Allegheny Airlines and Mohawk. When US Airways ended service to Altoona and Pittsburgh, United Express picked it up with service to Altoona and Washington Dulles.
Although the airport only offers three commercial flights and has very little other activity, as of April 2009, the airport had received almost $200 million in federal subsidies. That funding has not been used to subsidize the facility’s commercial, corporate and general aviation operations, including the terminal. Those funds have been used to construct a concrete reinforced runway for military purposes and to build military installations located near and around the airport. The airport is in the bottom 28% of all facilities receiving EAS funding. In 2004, an $8 million air traffic radar system was installed at the airport, and is operated by the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.
Facilities and aircraft
Johnstown–Cambria County Airport covers an area of 650 acres (263 ha) at an elevation of 2,284 feet (696 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 15/33 is 7,003 by 150 feet (2,135 x 46 m) and 5/23 is 4,386 by 100 feet (1,337 x 30 m).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2009, the airport had 55,715 aircraft operations, an average of 152 per day: 60% general aviation, 35% military, 3% air taxi, and 2% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 62 aircraft based at this airport: 24% single-engine, 13% multi-engine, 2% jet, and 61% military.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service at this airport:
|United Express operated by Silver Airways||Altoona-Blair (PA), Washington-Dulles|
- FAA Airport Master Record for JST ( 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.
- "Murtha Joins in Dedicating New Marine Corps Center". Press Release. Congressman Jack Murtha. December 3, 2000.
- "History: Timeline". JohnstownCafe.com.
- Leonnig, Carol D. (April 19, 2009). "Murtha's Earmarks Keep Airport Aloft". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 24, 2009.
- "Remote Murtha Airport Lands Big Bucks". CNN. April 23, 2009.
- "Airport Fact Sheet". John Murtha Johnstown–Cambria County Airport.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2002-11451) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2002-9-23 (October 1, 2002): selecting Colgan Air, Inc., to provide subsidized Essential Air Service (EAS) at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for a two-year period at a combined annual subsidy rate of $847,576.
- Order 2005-4-9 (April 8, 2005): reselects Colgan Air, Inc., d/b/a U.S. Airways Express, to continue providing essential air service (EAS) at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for a two-year period, and establishes a combined subsidy rate of $1,358,551 per year for service consisting of 18 nonstop round trips each week between Altoona and Washington (Dulles), and 18 nonstop round trips each week between Johnstown and Pittsburgh, with 19-seat Beech 1900D aircraft.
- Order 2007-2-17 (February 16, 2007): selecting Colgan Air Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express, to continue providing essential air service (EAS) at Altoona consisting of 18 weekly nonstop round trips to Washington Dulles, and at Johnstown consisting of 18 weekly nonstop round trips to Pittsburgh. The combined annual subsidy is $2,364,462 based on service with 19-seat Beech 1900D turboprop aircraft for the two-year period beginning June 1, 2007, and all service would be operated as US Airways Express.
- Order 2008-6-10 (June 10, 2008): re-selecting Colgan Air, Inc. d/b/a United Express, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, at a total annual subsidy rate of $2,788,845, for the period from June 15, 2008, through June 30, 2010.
- Order 2010-5-10 (May 10, 2010): selecting Colgan Air Inc., operating as United Express, to provide essential air service (EAS) at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for a combined annual subsidy of $3,348,294, for the two-year period from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2012.
- Ninety-Day Notice (March 8, 2012): from Colgan Airlines, Inc. of termination of Essential Air Service at Altoona, Pennsylvania, and Johnstown, Pennsylvania
- Order 2012-3-14 (March 23, 2012: prohibits Colgan Airlines, Inc. d/b/a United Airlines Express, from terminating service at Altoona and Johnstown, PA; Victoria, TX; Staunton, VA; and Beckley, Clarksburg/Fairmont, and Morgantown, WV, for 30 days beyond the end of the 90-day notice period, i.e. July 8, 2012. We are also requesting proposals by April 25, 2012, from air carriers interested in providing replacement Essential Air Service (EAS) at Victoria, TX; and Staunton, VA, for a new term, with or without subsidy.
- Order 2012-4-30 (April 26, 2012): selecting Silver Airways, formerly Gulfstream International Airways, to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to Washington Dulles International Airport, for a combined annual subsidy of $3,997,187. Service to be provided will be 18 weekly nonstop and one-stop round trips over an Altoona-Johnstown-Washington Dulles or Johnstown-Altoona-Washington Dulles routing using 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft for the two-year period beginning when the carrier begins full EAS at both communities.
- John Murtha Johnstown–Cambria County Airport, official site
- Johnstown–Cambria County Airport at Pennsylvania DOT Bureau of Aviation
- 258th Air Traffic Control Squadron, Air National Guard
- MTT Aviation Services, the fixed base operator (FBO)
- Aerial image as of April 1993 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective December 12, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for JST, effective December 12, 2013
- Resources for this airport: