Manhattan Regional Airport
|Manhattan Regional Airport|
|IATA: MHK – ICAO: KMHK – FAA LID: MHK|
|Owner||City of Manhattan|
|Elevation AMSL||1,066 ft / 325 m|
|Sources: Federal Aviation Administration|
The airport is owned by the city of Manhattan, Kansas, and is located four nautical miles (5 mi, 7 km) southwest of its central business district. The airport serves the Manhattan metropolitan area and surrounding areas of North Central Kansas. Two commercial airlines serve the airport (American Eagle and Allegiant Air) with multiple daily flights. Manhattan Regional Airport is also used for general aviation and for planes chartered by college football teams visiting Kansas State University.
Manhattan Regional Airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).
Traffic at the airport has rapidly multiplied in recent years. Per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 16,489 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008. This figure increased to 25,074 boardings in 2009, 44,603 in 2010, 58,672 in 2011, and 68,955 in 2012.
Facilities and Aircraft
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2012, the airport had 23,447 aircraft operations: 74% general aviation, 14% scheduled commercial, and 12% military. At that time there were 46 aircraft based at this airport: 33 single-engine, 12 multi-engine and 1 jet.
The airport has two concrete runways: 3/21 is 7,000 by 150 feet (2,134 x 46 m) and 13/31 is 5,000 by 75 feet (1,524 x 23 m). The airside infrastructure also includes five taxiways and two parking aprons; and can support the use of commercial aircraft as large as the Boeing 767 or military C-17.
Three air navigation systems and multiple lighting systems guide aircraft to the Airport. An FAA air traffic control tower and two Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting (ARFF) vehicles round out the airside support. Any aircraft with 30 passenger seats or more, or over 110,000 lb (50,000 kg). gross landing weight requires prior permission from the Airport Director to land at Manhattan. Boeing 757's and other larger commercial airliners land occasionally as charters for Kansas State University's sports teams.
An 11,700-square-foot (1,090 m2) passenger terminal building, located at 5500 Fort Riley Boulevard, houses American Eagle Airlines, Hertz Rent-a-Car, Enterprise Car Rental, and other services. This facility has been operational since January 1997. Due to increased use of the airport by commercial airlines, including scheduled mainline passenger jet service provided by Allegiant Airlines, expansion of the terminal to 42,000-square-foot (3,900 m2) is underway. The expanded facility will include two gates, an expanded TSA security checkpoint, and additional passenger circulation space. There will also be accommodations for an airport restaurant.
The FBO facility, adjacent to the passenger terminal, is occupied by Kansas Air Center, which has provided service to the Manhattan Airport since May 1989. It is fully functional with a variety of services provided, including: fuel, charter service, flight instruction, and aircraft rental.
An older 4,100-square-foot (380 m2) terminal building built in 1958 is now home to General Aviation Training & Testing Service, otherwise known as G.A.T.T.S. This facility is located at 1725 South Airport Road, 1 mile (2 km) east of the passenger terminal.
Heartland Aviation utilizes an 8,000-square-foot (700 m2) stone maintenance hangar, constructed in 1940, located next to the General Aviation terminal building for servicing and repairing aircraft. The Kansas State University Flying Club, an airport tenant for over 50 years, has office space in this facility for instruction and flight planning.
Airport facilities also include a fire station, 48 hangars, storage areas, a fuel farm, and an air traffic control tower.
The airport has a small two-hour parking lot near the terminal and multiple long term lots located farther from the terminal. There currently is no charge to park at the airport.
Airlines and destinations
American Eagle Airlines operates scheduled daily passenger service to Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. American Eagle flies the Embraer ERJ 145 family of aircraft on the service. Allegiant Air offers twice-weekly flights between Manhattan and Phoenix/Mesa.
|American Eagle||Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth|
On June 13, 1939, initial construction of Manhattan’s airport began with the planting of temporary grass runways. The facility was dedicated in November 1940. The first "Manhattan Municipal Airport" terminal was officially dedicated on April 19, 1953, with U.S. Senator Frank Carlson providing a dedicatory address. Commercial airline service to Manhattan began that same month. The current terminal was opened at the airport in 1997.
Since the 1950s, a variety of commercial airlines have offered service to Manhattan Regional Airport.
The first regularly-scheduled commercial airline to serve Manhattan's airport was Continental Airlines, which began daily flights to Wichita in April 1953. Continental ended its service in the mid-1960s.
Capital Air Service
Capital Air Service, Inc. (ICAO airline designator CPX), was headquartered in Manhattan from the 1960s until the company ceased flights in 1989, after having twice been grounded by the FAA for multiple safety and records keeping violations. Capital Air provided point-to-point air service to cities throughout northeastern Kansas.
During the 1970s Capital Air, operating as an air taxi service, suffered two crashes, each with fatalities. During the 1980s the airline suffered having one of its aircraft tipped over by a gust of wind while waiting for take off clearance, and another aircraft, a DCH-6 Twin Otter, clipped the side of a terminal building, both incidents occurring at Kansas City International Airport.
At the height of its operations Capital Air served Manhattan; Salina, KS (SLN); Topeka, KS (FOE); Lawrence, KS (LWC); and Kansas City, MO (MCI) using two 20-passenger deHavilland Canada DCH-6 Twin Otter turboprop aircraft and one or more smaller piston-engine aircraft.
During the mid-to-late 1970s the original Frontier Airlines flew from Manhattan to Salina (SLN); Topeka (FOE); Wichita, KS (ICT); and Kansas City, MO (MKC) using 44-seat Convair CV580 turboprop aircraft. By the early 1980s all of the cities served from Manhattan by turboprop aircraft had been dropped and replaced with a single daily non-stop flight to Denver, CO (DEN) using a Boeing 737-200. The original Frontier Airlines went out of business in 1986.
From the mid-1980s through the early 1990s, before its sale to Mesa Air Group in 1991, Wichita-based Air Midwest served Manhattan with flights to Salina (SLN) and Kansas City (MCI) using 19-passenger Fairchild Fairchild Metroliner III turboprop aircraft.
For several years in the mid-1980s Air Midwest served as an Eastern Air Lines codeshare partner and used 30-passenger Saab 340A turboprop aircraft in full Eastern Airlines livery to fly from Manhattan to Kansas City (MCI).
When, on the way to bankruptcy, Eastern Airlines closed their hub at Kansas City (MCI), Air Midwest sold their Saab 340A aircraft and signed a new codeshare agreement with the second incarnation of Braniff Airlines, which had just established a small hub at MCI, and once again began to offer flights to Kansas City on Fairchild Metroliner III turboprop aircraft.
Mesa Air Group
In 1991, Air Midwest was sold to the Mesa Air Group of Nevada. Subsequently, Air Midwest (a Mesa Air Group subsidiary), acting under a codeshare agreement with U.S. Airways and operating as US Airways Express, served Kansas City, Missouri from Manhattan, Kansas with three daily flights using 19-passenger Beechcraft 1900D turboprop aircraft. The service ended with Air Midwest's bankruptcy in 2008, when all Essential Air Service contracts and flights operated by Mesa were closed.
Great Lakes Airlines
Great Lakes Airlines operated service to the Manhattan Regional Airport between March 30, 2008, and April 7, 2010, taking over after Mesa left and ending service after American Eagle announced additional expansion. During operations there were three daily flights, most days to Kansas City, and initially two daily flights (with one stop) to Denver. The flights to Denver were later cut back to once daily. Great Lakes utilized Beech 1900d aircraft.
Accidents and incidents
- On May 28, 1963, a Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation operated by Standard Airways suffered a failed propeller and crash landed at the Manhattan airport. All seventy passengers and crew escaped from the plane.
- On March 16, 1980, a commuter plane departing from the Manhattan airport lost a wheel from its landing gear immediately after take-off. The plane circled the Manhattan airport for ninety minutes to burn fuel, before safely landing in Manhattan in a shower of sparks.
- FAA Airport Master Record for MHK ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
- "Enplanements for CY 2012". Federal Aviation Administration. July 2, 2013.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "Enplanements for CY 2011". Federal Aviation Administration. September 27, 2012.
- Air Midwest Adds Flights Retrieved on 2009-05-01
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket DOT-OST-2003-15483) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2004-2-14 (February 17, 2004): selects Air Midwest, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mesa Air Group, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) for a two-year period at Manhattan and Salina, Kansas, at a combined annual subsidy rate of $721,605.
- Order 2006-3-15 (March 15, 2006): re-selecting Air Midwest, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mesa Air Group, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) for the two-year period beginning March 1, 2006, at Manhattan and Salina, Kansas, at a combined annual subsidy rate of $974,008.
- Order 2007-12-25 (December 21, 2007): re-selecting Air Midwest, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mesa Air Group, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Manhattan and Salina, Kansas, for a total annual subsidy of $1,619,566 for the two-year period beginning March 1, 2008.
- Order 2008-2-5 (February 1, 2008): prohibiting Air Midwest, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Mesa Air Group, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express from suspending its subsidized essential air services at Manhattan and Salina, Kansas, until Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. begins full replacement service, and selecting Great Lakes to provide those services for a new two-year period at an annual subsidy rate of $1,997,237.
- Order 2009-11-25 (November 30, 2009): requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service (EAS) at Salina, Kansas, for the two-year period beginning April 1, 2010, with or without subsidy. With respect to this order, we are soliciting proposals for service to Salina only. In the past, the communities of Salina and Manhattan were handled under the same contract because the flights were historically routed Salina-Manhattan-Kansas City. However, on or about August 26, 2009, American Eagle inaugurated subsidy-free regional jet service from Dallas-Fort Worth to Manhattan. American Eagle provides two daily nonstop round trips in the Manhattan-Dallas-Fort Worth market with 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets on a subsidy-free basis. That level of service fully meets Manhattan’s EAS requirements, so, consistent with longstanding program practice, we will simply rely on American Eagle’s subsidy-free service and not request proposals. Despite not receiving an EAS subsidy, Manhattan will remain in the EAS program, and, should American Eagle subsequently decide to file a notice to leave, the Department would initiate a carrier-replacement proceeding by issuing an order holding in American Eagle and requesting proposals for replacement service from all interested carriers.
- Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK), official site
- Manhattan Regional Airport at GlobalSecurity.org
- PDF from Kansas DOT Airport Directory
- Aerial image as of October 1991 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective November 14, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK), effective November 14, 2013
- Resources for this airport: