Clinton National Airport
|Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport
|USGS 2001 orthophoto|
|IATA: LIT – ICAO: KLIT – FAA LID: LIT|
|Owner||City of Little Rock|
|Operator||Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission|
|Elevation AMSL||266 ft / 81 m|
|Sources: FAA, Airport website|
Clinton National Airport (IATA: LIT, ICAO: KLIT, FAA LID: LIT), officially Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field, is a public use airport two miles east of Little Rock in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States. The airport is owned by the City of Little Rock; it was formerly Little Rock National Airport or Adams Field.
Clinton National is Arkansas's largest commercial airport with more than 2.1 million passengers in the year March 2009 through February 2010. The airport does not have direct international passenger flights, but more than 50 flights arrive or depart at Little Rock each day, with non-stop jets to 13 cities.
It is in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which called it a primary commercial service airport. As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 1,181,846 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 1,108,603 in 2009 and 1,097,403 in 2010.
Adams Field is named after Captain George Geyer Adams, 154th Observation Squadron, Arkansas National Guard, who was killed in the line of duty on September 4, 1937. He was a strong advocate for the airport, and also a Little Rock city councilor.
In 1972 the airport opened its current 12-gate terminal.
In August 2008 the airport approved a plan to renovate the terminal over a 15-year period. The plan would expand the terminal from 12 to 16 gates.
On March 20, 2012 the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission voted to rename the airport the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, after former Governor of Arkansas and President of the United States Bill Clinton and his wife, United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The name Adams Field will continue to be used when referring to the airport's runways and air traffic and will be the airport's official designator.
In October 2013, Travel + Leisure released a survey of travelers that ranked Clinton National Airport as the worst of the 67 domestic airports considered in the survey. The survey report cited long lines and few food and shopping choices, among other criticisms. Airport officials noted that the survey had been conducted in the middle of a large construction project at the airport.
Planned international service
During 2006 and 2007, Aeromexico and Mexicana Airlines officials held talks with airport officials to start non-stop service to Mexico on those airlines. Those services never came into fruition, however, and Mexicana went bankrupt in 2010. As of 2014, Aeromexico has not begun service to Little Rock either.
Facilities and aircraft
Clinton National Airport covers 2,000 acres (809 ha) at an elevation of 266 feet (81 m) above mean sea level. It has three concrete runways: 4L/22R is 8,273 by 150 feet (2,522 x 46 m); 4R/22L is 8,251 by 150 feet (2,515 x 46 m); 18/36 is 6,224 by 150 feet (1,897 x 46 m). It has one concrete helipad 50 by 50 feet (15 x 15 m).
In the year ending January 31, 2012, the airport had 93,509 aircraft operations, an average of 256 per day: 40% general aviation, 25% air taxi, 18% scheduled commercial, and 17% military. 139 aircraft were thenbased at this airport: 45% single-engine, 34% jet, 18% multi-engine, and 3% helicopter.
Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS), a subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, operates a large facility at the airport. It is the site of two Falcon aircraft operations: the main Completion Center for all Falcon jets worldwide, and the company-owned Service Center. Current production model Falcons are manufactured in France, then flown in "green" condition to the Completion Center where optional avionics and custom interiors are installed, and exteriors are painted. Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) – Little Rock provides inspection, maintenance, modification, completion and repair needs for the Falcon product line. The Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) – Little Rock Service Center and Completion Center combined occupy total nearly 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2), making Little Rock the largest Dassault facility in the world.
The single terminal has 12 gates. Six gates are along the length of the terminal (three on either side) and a circular area at the end has six more.
Airlines and destinations
Scheduled airlines fly nonstop to:
|American Eagle||Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York–LaGuardia|
|Delta Connection||Atlanta, Detroit|
|Southwest Airlines||Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Dallas–Love, Houston–Hobby (ends November 1, 2014), Las Vegas, Phoenix
|United Express||Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental|
|US Airways Express||Charlotte|
|2||Dallas-Fort Worth, TX||163,000||American|
|4||Chicago-O’Hare, IL||104,000||American, United|
|6||Denver, CO||80,000||Frontier, United|
|7||Charlotte, NC||57,000||US Airways|
|8||St. Louis, MO||48,000||Southwest|
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- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
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- "LR airport terminal OK'd for redesign". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. August 20, 2008.
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- "Panel OKs renaming airport after Clintons". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. March 20, 2012.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Little Rock National Airport.|
- Fly-LIT.com, official website
- Aerial image as of March 2001 from USGS The National Map
- Airfield photos from U.S. Civil Air Patrol at the Wayback Machine (archived September 23, 2006)
- (PDF), effective September 18, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for LIT, effective September 18, 2014
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