Los Alamos County Airport

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Los Alamos Airport
Los Alamos County Airport
Airport type Public
Owner County of Los Alamos
Serves Los Alamos, New Mexico
Elevation AMSL 7,171 ft / 2,186 m
Coordinates 35°52′47″N 106°16′07″W / 35.87972°N 106.26861°W / 35.87972; -106.26861Coordinates: 35°52′47″N 106°16′07″W / 35.87972°N 106.26861°W / 35.87972; -106.26861
Website www.LAM.aero
LAM is located in New Mexico
Location of airport in New Mexico
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 6,000 1,829 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations 13,000
Based aircraft 57
Source: FAA[1] and airport website[2]

Los Alamos Airport[1][2][3] (IATA: LAM[4]ICAO: KLAMFAA LID: LAM), also known as Los Alamos County Airport,[2] is a county owned, public use airport in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States.[1] It is located one nautical mile (2 km) east of the central business district of Los Alamos, New Mexico.[1] This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation facility.[5] It is served by one commercial airline.


The airport was built in 1947 by the Atomic Energy Commission as part of Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, but the federal government transferred the facility to county ownership in 2008.[3]


Los Alamos Airport covers an area of 89 acres (36 ha) at an elevation of 7,171 feet (2,186 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 9/27 with an asphalt surface measuring 6,000 by 120 feet (1,829 x 37 m).[1]

Because of the restricted airspace immediately to the south of the runway, and the noise-sensitive residential area just west of the runway, Los Alamos Airport employs a non-standard traffic pattern. All takeoffs, regardless of wind conditions, are to the east on runway 9. All landings, regardless of wind, are to the west on runway 27. Unlike many airports, the orientation of the runway at Los Alamos was chosen due to geographic necessity rather than preferential wind alignment. Pilots will frequently encounter a gusty crosswind at this airfield, particularly in spring. This fact, combined with the rugged terrain off the east end of the runway, has given LAM a reputation for being a challenging airport at which to land.[citation needed]

Airline and destinations[edit]

The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
Pacific Wings operated by New Mexico Airlines Albuquerque


For the 12-month period ending June 30, 2008, the airport had 13,000 aircraft operations, an average of 35 per day: 99% general aviation, <1% air taxi, and <1% military. At that time there were 57 aircraft based at this airport: 96% single-engine, 2% multi-engine, and 2% ultralight.[1]


Los Alamos Airport has numerous services available for local and visiting pilots: a flight planning room, open 24 hours a day to pilots, includes an internet-connected computer, printer, fax machine, and free WiFi connectivity; bathroom open 24 hours a day to pilots; self-serve 100LL fuel available 24 hours a day; on-field major airframe and powerplant repair; courtesy car; aircraft rentals; car rentals; nearby bus stop.


  1. ^ a b c d e f FAA Airport Master Record for LAM (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Los Alamos County Airport
  3. ^ a b "Los Alamos Airport". Los Alamos County website. October 30, 2008. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Airline and Airport Code Search". International Air Transport Association (IATA). Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 

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