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|
|Aircraft operations||63,021, OPS FOR 12 MOS ENDING 31 March 2,009|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Lincoln Airport (IATA: LNK, ICAO: KLNK, FAA LID: LNK), formerly known as Lincoln Municipal Airport, is a joint public/military use airport located four nautical miles (7 km) northwest of the central business district of Lincoln, the state capital and second-largest city, located in Lancaster County, Nebraska, United States. It is owned by the Lincoln Airport Authority.
It is the second-largest airport in the state of Nebraska, serving the Lincoln metropolitan area and much of southeastern Nebraska. The airport is located approximately four miles (6.4 km) northwest of downtown Lincoln, on land immediately north and west of Interstate 80.
The 12,901 foot primary runway was designated as an emergency landing site for the Space Shuttle, although it was never used by the NASA orbiters. However, this long runway does enable the operation of large jet aircraft that are used for charter flights by visiting college football teams which play the Nebraska Cornhuskers (although many teams fly into Omaha's Eppley Airfield and then stay in that area due to lack of hotel space in Lincoln). The airport is also home to Duncan Aviation, a large family-owned aircraft maintenance and refurbishing company. Duncan Aviation has several hangars on the east side of the airport, as well as parts storage on the west side.
During World War II, the airfield was named Lincoln Army Air Field and used for mechanics and flight-crew training. It remained open until December 1945 when it was closed and transferred back to the City of Lincoln.
In 1952 the facility was 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 Stratotanker refueling aircraft and SM-65 Atlas intercontinental ballistic missiles, the United States Air Force closed the installation in 1966.
During the 1960s, the two primary air carriers providing scheduled passenger service into Lincoln were United Airlines and the original Frontier Airlines. Frontier operated Convair 580 turboprop flights nonstop and direct to Denver and Kansas City. Other destinations were also served as well in the region by Frontier. United flew Douglas DC-6B piston engine prop airliner service nonstop to Denver and also direct to Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Frontier then moved into the jet-age in 1966 when the airline began operating new Boeing 727-100 jetliners. One of the first U.S. cities to receive new jet service operated by Frontier was Lincoln with nonstop Boeing 727 flights to Denver and Kansas City as well as direct jet flights to St. Louis. United began operating Boeing 727-100 and Boeing 737-200 jet aircraft from Lincoln during this same time period with nonstop service to Chicago and Denver as well as direct jet service to Cleveland, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York La Guardia Airport and New York Newark Airport. Over the years, United operated mainline jet service from the airport with a variety of Boeing jetliners including the 727-200, 737-300 and 737-500. Frontier operated Boeing 737-200 jet service from Lincoln in later years as well.
Other airlines subsequently introduced jet service into the airport including America West with Boeing 737-200 and 737-300 service nonstop to Phoenix, and Trans World Airlines (TWA) with Douglas DC-9-10 and DC-9-30 jet flights nonstop to St. Louis. The original Frontier Airlines ceased all operations in 1986 following its acquisition by Continental Airlines. Continental then served Lincoln with nonstop jet service to Denver operated with Boeing 737-200 and Douglas DC-9-10 jetliners. United continued to serve Lincoln for many years until this airline eventually turned over all service to its United Express partners who currently operate 50 passenger seat regional jet aircraft from the airport.
Today, a portion of Lincoln Airport is now 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 also collocated at the installation, located 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.
Facilities and aircraft
Lincoln Airport covers an area of 5,000 acres (2,000 ha) at an elevation of 1,219 feet (372 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways with asphalt/concrete surfaces: 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).
For the 12-month period ending March 31, 2008, the airport had 78,697 aircraft operations, an average of 215 per day: 54% general aviation, 29% military. 12% scheduled commercial and 4% air taxi. At that time there were 219 aircraft based at this airport: 58% single-engine, 21% multi-engine, 7% jet, 2% helicopter and 11% military.
Pinnacle Airlines operating as Delta Connection currently operates Canadair CRJ-200 regional jet flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) on behalf of Delta Airlines.
ExpressJet operating as United Express currently operates Embraer ERJ-145 regional jet flights to Chicago (ORD) and Denver (DEN) on behalf of United Airlines.
SkyWest Airlines operating as United Express currently operates Canadair CRJ-200 regional jet flights to Denver (DEN)on behalf of United Airlines.
Airlines and destinations
|Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines||Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|United Express operated by ExpressJet||Chicago-O'Hare, Denver|
|United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines||Chicago-O'Hare, Denver|
- Nebraska World War II Army Airfields
- Nebraska Air National Guard
- List of airports in Nebraska
- Lincoln Air National Guard Base
- Lincoln Airport, official site
- (PDF), effective November 14, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for LNK, effective November 14, 2013
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