Klamath Falls Airport

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For the military use of this facility, see Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base.
Crater Lake- Klamath Regional Airport
Kingsley Field
IATA: LMTICAO: KLMTFAA LID: LMT
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Klamath Falls
Serves Klamath Falls, Oregon
Elevation AMSL 4,095 ft / 1,248 m
Coordinates 42°09′22″N 121°43′59″W / 42.15611°N 121.73306°W / 42.15611; -121.73306Coordinates: 42°09′22″N 121°43′59″W / 42.15611°N 121.73306°W / 42.15611; -121.73306
Maps
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
LMT is located in Oregon
LMT
LMT
Location in Oregon
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 10,301 3,140 Asphalt/Concrete
7/25 5,258 1,603 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 39,004
Based aircraft 170
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Crater Lake- Klamath Regional Airport (Klamath Falls Airport) (IATA: LMT[2]ICAO: KLMTFAA LID: LMT) is in Klamath County, Oregon five miles southeast of Klamath Falls, which owns it.[1] It is used by general aviation, military aviation and a few airline flights. In 2013 the Airport changed its name to Crater Lake- Klamath Regional Airport.

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport since it has over 10,000 passenger boardings (enplanements) per year.[3] Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 15,856 enplanements in 2011, a decrease from 21,353 in 2010.[4]

As Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base, the airport is the home of the Oregon Air National Guard's 173d Fighter Wing (173 FW) flying the F-15 Eagle. An Air Education and Training Command (AETC)-gained unit, the 173 FW specializes as an advanced air-to-air combat training center for Regular Air Force and Air National Guard F-15 pilots, as well as hosting joint and combined air combat exercises for all US military services and those of Canada. Kingsley Field is home to a USAF flight surgeon training school. The 173d Fighter Wing is currently under the command of Colonel James C. Miller.

History[edit]

In 1928 the citizens of Klamath Falls approved the sale of $50,000 worth of bonds to build Klamath Falls Municipal Airport. It had gravel runways and one Fixed Base Operator; in 1942 it was selected for a Naval Air Station later named NAS Klamath Falls. In 1945 the airport transferred back to civil use; the January 1952 C&GS diagram shows runway 7 (5258 ft long), 14 (7134 ft) and 18 (5164 ft).

In 1954 the airport was selected as a site for U.S. Air Force installation under a joint civil-military arrangement supporting Air Defense Command, later Aerospace Defense Command (ADC) aircraft and squadrons. In 1957 the airport was dedicated as Kingsley Field in honor of 2nd Lieutenant David R. Kingsley, USAAF, an Oregonian killed in action on June 23, 1944 after a B-17 bombing mission over the oil fields of Ploesti, Rumania. In 1976 ADC was inactivated and control of the military installation passed to Tactical Air Command (TAC). In 1978 the Department of Defense closed Kingsley Field as a regular Air Force installation, transferring all military facilities to the Air National Guard.[5]

Facilities[edit]

Klamath Falls Airport covers 1,166 acres (472 ha) at an elevation of 4,095 feet (1,248 m). It has two runways: 14/32 is 10,301 by 150 feet (3,140 x 46 m) asphalt and concrete; 7/25 is 5,258 by 100 feet (1,603 x 30 m) asphalt.[1]

In 2011 the airport had 39,004 aircraft operations, average 106 per day: 43% general aviation, 41% military, 14% air taxi, and 2% airline. 170 aircraft were then based at the airport: 62% single-engine, 19% jet, 15% military, 3% multi-engine, and 1% helicopter.[1]

Airline history[edit]

Until 1959 United Airlines served Klamath Falls with Douglas DC-3s and Convair 340s. Later West Coast Airlines flew Fairchild F-27s to Oregon and California; successors Air West (later Hughes Airwest) and Republic continued at the airport until around 1983. In 1983 Pacific Express BAC One-Eleven flew to San Francisco via Redding and to Portland via Redmond. Horizon Air, a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, flew Dash-8s to Portland and Seattle. WestAir (United Express) flew Jetstream 31s to San Francisco while Reno Air Express (for Reno Air) Jetstream 31s flew to San Jose, California. United Express (SkyWest Airlines) pulled out of Klamath Falls in the late 1990s but resumed service when Horizon Air left.

SkyWest (United Express) Embraer EMB-120s were now the only airliners at LMT.

In late 2010 Skywest dropped one flight to Portland. Passenger count has dropped in 2011, but passengers per flight has increased.[6] Sky West, which operates United Express, has terminated service to Portland and San Francisco beginning June 5, 2014. [7]

Funding[edit]

The Airport City Fund operates the airport's both civilian and military interest. Revenue mainly is provided from city property taxes, transient room taxes and the rental activities in the airport itself. Because of the commercial flights at the airport, the Federal Aviation Administration contributes funds to keep the runways and taxiways in good conditions.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for LMT (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (LMT: Klamath Falls)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2011" (PDF, 1.7 MB). CY 2011 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ Kingsley Field (ANG)
  6. ^ a b Cith of Klamath Falls Annual Report 2011, page 6.
  7. ^ http://www.kdrv.com/klamath-airport-to-lose-united-service/


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