Lincoln Airport (Nebraska)
|IATA: LNK – ICAO: KLNK – FAA LID: LNK|
|Airport type||Public / military|
|Owner||City of Lincoln|
|Operator||Lincoln Airport Authority|
|Serves||Southeastern and central Nebraska|
|Elevation AMSL||1,219 ft / 372 m|
Lincoln Airport (IATA: LNK, ICAO: KLNK, FAA LID: LNK) (formerly Lincoln Municipal Airport) is a public/military airport five miles northwest of downtown Lincoln, the state capital, in Lancaster County, Nebraska. It is owned by the Lincoln Airport Authority and is the second-largest airport in Nebraska.
The 12,901 foot primary runway was an emergency landing site for the Space Shuttle, though it never used it. The runway can handle large airliners on charter flights by visiting college football teams which play the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The airport is home to Duncan Aviation, a family-owned aircraft maintenance and refurbishing company. Duncan Aviation has hangars on the east side of the airport and parts storage on the west side.
During World War II the airfield was Lincoln Army Air Field and used for mechanics and flight-crew training. It closed in December 1945 and was transferred back to the City of Lincoln.
In 1952 the facility re-opened as Lincoln Air Force Base. After operating as a Strategic Air Command (SAC) base supporting Boeing B-47 Stratojet bombers, Boeing KC-97 Stratofreighter refueling aircraft and SM-65 Atlas intercontinental ballistic missiles, the United States Air Force closed the installation in 1966.
During the 1960s the two main airlines at Lincoln were United Airlines and the original Frontier Airlines (1950-1986). Frontier Convair 580s flew nonstop and direct to Denver and Kansas City. United Douglas DC-6Bs flew nonstop to Denver, but nonstops to Chicago didn't start until 1967. Lincoln's first jets were in 1966, Frontier Boeing 727-100s MKC-LNK-DEN and back.
Other jet airlines included America West with Boeing 737-200s and 737-300s nonstop to Phoenix and Trans World Airlines DC-9s nonstop to St. Louis. The original Frontier Airlines ceased operations in 1986; successor Continental flew 737s and DC-9s to Denver. United eventually was replaced by its United Express partners who now fly 50 seat regional jets from LNK.
In 2005 Northwest Airlines flew to Memphis, but dropped the route within nine months. In May 2014 Delta Air Lines announced a non-stop flight to Atlanta would start September 8, resuming a service it briefly ran in 2009. In 2011 Delta resumed the Memphis service, but only over the summer. The new flight will be a Delta Connection Canadair CRJ700, with $750,000 in federal spending used to guarantee revenue for Delta.
Today part of Lincoln Airport is home to the Nebraska Air National Guard's 155th Air Refueling Wing (155 ARW), an Air Mobility Command (AMC)-gained Air National Guard unit flying the KC-135R Stratotanker. Several Nebraska Army National Guard units are collocated at the installation, just east of Runway 36 alongside Taxiway Delta. The Air National Guard's tarmac is closed to general aviation and is guarded by Air Force Security Forces 24 hours a day.
Lincoln Airport covers 5,000 acres (2,000 ha) at an elevation of 1,219 feet (372 m). It has three asphalt/concrete runways: 18/36 is 12,901 by 200 feet (3,932 x 61 m); 14/32 is 8,649 by 150 feet (2,636 x 46 m); and 17/35 is 5,400 by 100 feet (1,646 x 30 m).
In the year ending March 31, 2008 the airport had 78,697 aircraft operations, average 215 per day: 54% general aviation, 29% military, 12% airline and 4% air taxi. 219 aircraft were then based at this airport: 58% single-engine, 21% multi-engine, 7% jet, 2% helicopter and 11% military.
ExpressJet operating as United Express operates Embraer ERJ-145 regional jet flights to Chicago (ORD) and Denver (DEN) on behalf of United Airlines; ExpressJet operating as Delta Connection operates Canadair CRJ-900 regional jet flights to Atlanta (ATL) on behalf of Delta Airlines.
SkyWest Airlines operating as United Express operates Canadair CRJ-200 regional jet flights to Denver (DEN) on behalf of United Airlines.
|Delta Connection||Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|United Express||Chicago-O'Hare, Denver|
Top domestic destinations
|1||Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois||51,000||United Express|
|2||Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota||41,000||Delta Connection|
|3||Denver, Colorado||38,000||United Express|
|4||Atlanta, GA||5,000||Delta Connection|
- Nebraska World War II Army Airfields
- Nebraska Air National Guard
- List of airports in Nebraska
- Lincoln Air National Guard Base
- FAA Airport Master Record for LNK ( PDF), effective 2009-05-07.
- Olberding, Matt (May 19, 2014). "Delta adds flight to Lincoln airport". Business. Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
- cite web |title=Lincoln Airport (LNK) Summary Statistics|url=http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=LNK&Airport_Name=Lincoln, NE: Lincoln Airport&carrier=FACTS
- Lincoln Airport official site
- (PDF), effective February 5, 2015
- FAA Terminal Procedures for LNK, effective February 5, 2015
- Resources for this airport: