Massena International Airport
|Massena International Airport
|Aerial view, 2007|
|IATA: MSS – ICAO: KMSS – FAA LID: MSS|
|Owner||Town of Massena|
|Serves||Massena, New York|
|Elevation AMSL||222 ft / 68 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Massena International Airport (IATA: MSS, ICAO: KMSS, FAA LID: MSS), also known as Richards Field, is a public use airport in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States. It is located two nautical miles (4 km) east of the central business district of Massena, a village in the Town of Massena, which owns the airport. The airport is mostly used for general aviation, but is served by one commercial airline, subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 971 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 3,252 enplanements in 2009, and 3,350 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation airport.
Facilities and aircraft
Massena International-Richards Field covers an area of 752 acres (304 ha) at an elevation of 222 feet (68 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 5/23 is 5,600 by 100 feet (1,707 x 30 m) and 9/27 is 4,000 by 100 feet (1,219 x 30 m).
For the 12-month period ending June 30, 2011, the airport had 9,040 aircraft operations, an average of 24 per day: 68% general aviation, 24% air taxi, and 8% military. At that time there were 10 aircraft based at this airport: 90% single-engine, and 10% multi-engine.
Air freight, charter, limo, courier, and overnight express, as well as full service for jet aircraft refueling are among the services offered by the airport. VOR, ILS, and RNAV navigational approaches are featured for the runways.
The Massena International Airport is also a U.S. Customs Port of entry for planes entering the United States from Canada or other foreign countries. A one hour advance ETA notice is required for unscheduled flights.
Airlines and destinations
The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:
The airport is served commercially by Cape Air, with direct flights to Albany International Airport in Albany, New York on 9-seat Cessna 402 aircraft. Prior to Cape Air's service, the airport was served by Big Sky Airlines, with flights to Boston Logan International Airport (with stops in Ogdensburg and Watertown in 2007). Prior to that, service was provided by Air Midwest, with flights to Pittsburgh International Airport.
- FAA Airport Master Record for MSS ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "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.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "Air travel panel due to cease existing". Watertown Daily Times. November 28, 2009.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-1997-2842) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2005-5-8: reselects Mesa Air Group, Inc., d/b/a Air Midwest, to continue providing essential air service (EAS) at Massena, Ogdensburg and Watertown, New York, for a two-year period, and establishes an annual subsidy of $1,757,834 for service consisting of three round trips each weekday and three over the weekend period between the communities and Pittsburgh, with 19-seat Beech 1900D aircraft.
- Order 2006-12-22: selecting Big Sky Transportation Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of MAIR Holdings, Inc. d/b/a Big Sky Airlines, to provide essential air service (EAS) at Massena, Ogdensburg, and Watertown, New York, consisting of 18 weekly round trips, three each weekday and three each weekend, to Boston, with 19-seat Beech 1900D turboprop aircraft for the two-year period beginning on or about March 1, 2007, at a combined annual subsidy of $2,097,906.
- Order 2008-3-15: selecting Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Massena, Ogdensburg, and Watertown, New York, for the two-year period beginning when the carrier inaugurates full EAS pursuant to this Order, at a total annual subsidy of $3,879,863.
- Order 2011-1-6: selecting Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air, to continue providing subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Massena (for two years), at the annual subsidy rate of $1,708,911.
- Airport page at Town of Massena website
- PDF at New York State DOT Airport Directory
- FAA Terminal Procedures for MSS, effective August 21, 2014
- Resources for this airport: