Lancaster Airport (Pennsylvania)

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Lancaster Airport
Lancaster Airport from Air
IATA: LNSICAO: KLNSFAA LID: LNS
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Lancaster Airport Authority
Serves Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Elevation AMSL 403 ft / 123 m
Coordinates 40°07′20″N 076°17′40″W / 40.12222°N 76.29444°W / 40.12222; -76.29444Coordinates: 40°07′20″N 076°17′40″W / 40.12222°N 76.29444°W / 40.12222; -76.29444
Website LancasterAirport.com
Map
LNS is located in Pennsylvania
LNS
LNS
Location of airport in Pennsylvania
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 6,934 2,113 Asphalt
13/31 4,101 1,250 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations 90,096
Based aircraft 142
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Lancaster Airport (IATA: LNSICAO: KLNSFAA LID: LNS) is a public airport five miles north of Lancaster, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It is owned by the Lancaster Airport Authority[1] and sees one scheduled airline (subsidized by the Essential Air Service program) and one charter airline.

Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 1,673 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[2] 4,333 in 2009 and 6,410 in 2010.[3] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a general aviation airport based on enplanements in 2008 (less than 2,500 per year),[4] however it qualifies as a non-primary commercial service airport based on enplanements in 2009 and 2010.

History[edit]

The Lancaster Airport was formed over 75 years ago as a private airport. In 1933 the Lancaster Joint Aviation Committee was formed and the decision made to operate a municipal airport. Using War Relief Funds and knowing that the airport would benefit the local unemployed constructors the Lancaster Joint Aviation Committee moved forward on modernizing the airport. They purchased 180 acres of farmland in southern Lititz and constructed the airport. In 1936 Lancaster became the second airport in Pennsylvania to two hard surface runways and was certified for both night and daytime operations. After World War II the airport was becoming obsolete so using government funds the airport was expanded and modernized with 22% of the funds needed for the update being raised by the community. On June 18, 1949 the airport was dedicated after upgrades were completed. Over the years the airport continued to improve; the terminal was renovated and expanded in the mid-1990s. Most recently runway 8/26 was expanded in length bringing it to 6,934 feet long and 150 feet wide.[5]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Lancaster Airport covers 850 acres (344 ha) at an elevation of 403 feet (123 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt runways: 8/26 is 6,934 by 150 feet (2,113 x 46 m) and 13/31 is 4,101 by 100 feet (1,250 x 30 m).[1]

In 2009 the airport had 90,096 aircraft operations, average 246 per day: 89% general aviation, 6% military, and 5% air taxi. 142 aircraft were then based at this airport: 73% single-engine, 14% multi-engine, 5% jet, 7% helicopter, and 1% glider.[1]

In addition to hosting general aviation aircraft, Lancaster Airport is host to a variety of businesses: flight schools, planes for charter, aircraft rides, helicopter rides, hot air balloon rides, aircraft maintenance shops, a restaurant, and a gift shop. It serves the pilots who call Lancaster their home airport and the community.

Looking down runway 31. The control tower and the VOR are on the right. The main hangars and terminal are at left. A single engine aircraft is on taxiway A (closest to the end of the runway.)

Flight schools[edit]

Charters[edit]

Aircraft maintenance[edit]

Miscellaneous operations[edit]

  • Fiorentino's Bar & Grill - A restaurant with a runway and ramp view.
  • Airways, Inc. - A pilot and gift shop for pilots and enthusiasts alike.
  • Rental Cars - Hertz and Avis

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled passenger flights:

Airlines Destinations
Sun Air International Washington-Dulles[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for LNS (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ Lancaster Airport: History
  6. ^ http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/768232_Sun-Air-s-start-here-delayed-to-Monday.html
  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2002-11450) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Order 2004-5-20: selecting Air Midwest to provide subsidized essential air service at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for a two-year period beginning when the carrier implements its full service pattern. Service is to consist of three nonstop round trips to Pittsburgh each weekday and over each weekend period, with 19-seat Beech 1900D aircraft, at an annual subsidy of $1,611,707.
    • Order 2006-8-22: selecting Mesa Air Group, Inc. d/b/a Air Midwest to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with 19-passenger Beech 1900 aircraft, for one year, beginning October 1, 2006, through September 30, 2007. Air Midwest will provide three nonstop round trips to Pittsburgh each weekday and weekend (18 total round trips per week) at an annual subsidy rate of $1,377,257.
    • Order 2008-12-33: selecting Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Hagerstown, Maryland, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, beginning when the carrier inaugurates service, through September 30, 2009, at the annual subsidy rates of $1,203,167 for Hagerstown and $1,372,474 for Lancaster.
    • Order 2010-10-1: extending the current subsidy contract of Cape Air to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Hagerstown, Maryland, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, through September 30, 2011.
    • Order 2012-2-13: extending the contract of Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air to provide subsidized Essential Air Service (EAS) at Hagerstown, Maryland, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, until further notice; and requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing EAS at Hagerstown and/or Lancaster, through September 30, 2015, with or without subsidy.

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