Lincoln Airport (Nebraska)

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For the military use of the airport, see Lincoln Air National Guard Base.
Lincoln Airport
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Airport type Public / military
Owner City of Lincoln
Operator Lincoln Airport Authority
Serves Southeastern and central Nebraska
Location Lincoln, Nebraska
Elevation AMSL 1,219 ft / 372 m
Coordinates 40°51′04″N 096°45′33″W / 40.85111°N 96.75917°W / 40.85111; -96.75917

FAA airport diagram  LNKLocation of the airport in Nebraska
FAA airport diagram

LNK is located in Nebraska
Location of the airport in Nebraska
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 12,901 3,932 Asphalt/concrete
14/32 8,649 2,636 Asphalt/concrete
17/35 5,400 1,646 Asphalt/concrete
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations 63,021 operations for the 12 months ending 31 March 2,009
Based aircraft 219

Lincoln Airport (IATA: LNKICAO: KLNKFAA LID: LNK) (formerly Lincoln Municipal Airport) is a public/military airport five miles northwest of downtown Lincoln, the state capital, in Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA. It is owned by the Lincoln Airport Authority.[1]

It is the second-largest airport in Nebraska and is about four miles (6.4 km) northwest of downtown Lincoln, just 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. 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, as well as parts storage on the west side.

Lincoln Airport was featured in the 2013 Walt Disney Pictures movie - Planes.


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 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 primary air carriers providing scheduled passenger service into Lincoln were United Airlines and the original Frontier Airlines (1950-1986). Frontier operated Convair 580 turboprop flights nonstop and direct to Denver and Kansas City. Other destinations were served 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 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. United operated mainline jet service from the airport with 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 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 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.

In 2005, Northwest Airlines offered service to Memphis, but discontinued the route within nine months. In May 2014, Delta Air Lines announced it would reintroduce a non-stop flight to Atlanta stating September 8, resuming a service it briefly ran in 2009. In 2011, Delta resumed the Memphis service, but only over the summer.[2] The new flight will be operating by Delta Connection on a Canadair CRJ700, with $750,000 in federal spending used to guarantee revenue for Delta.

Today a portion 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 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.


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).[1]

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.[1]

Airline service[edit]

Endeavor Air operating as Delta Connection operates Canadair CRJ-200 regional jet flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) on behalf of Delta Air Lines.

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.

Airline destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Delta Connection Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul
United Express Chicago-O'Hare, Denver

Top domestic destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from LNK (Sep 2013 – Aug 2014)[3]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois 52,000 United Express
2 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 42,000 Delta Connection
3 Denver, Colorado 38,000 United Express

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for LNK (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-05-07.
  2. ^ Olberding, Matt (May 19, 2014). "Delta adds flight to Lincoln airport". Business. Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ cite web |title=Lincoln Airport (LNK) Summary Statistics|url=, NE: Lincoln Airport&carrier=FACTS

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