Miles City Airport
|Miles City Airport
Frank Wiley Field
|IATA: MLS – ICAO: KMLS – FAA LID: MLS|
|Serves||Miles City, Montana|
|Elevation AMSL||2,630 ft / 802 m|
Miles City Airport or Frank Wiley Field (IATA: MLS, ICAO: KMLS, FAA LID: MLS) is a city-owned airport two miles northwest of Miles City, in Custer County, Montana. The airport was served by one airline, subsidized by the Essential Air Service program. EAS subsidies ended July 15, 2013 due to subsidy per passenger exceeding $1000, leaving Miles City without scheduled air service.
Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 264 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 891 in 2009 and 1,033 in 2010. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 called it a general aviation airport (the commercial service category requires 2,500 enplanements per year).
Scheduled air service temporarily ceased on March 8, 2008, when Big Sky Airlines ended operations in bankruptcy. Great Lakes Airlines was given USDOT approval to take over Essential Air Service (EAS) and flights began in 2009. From 2011 to 2013, service has been provided under EAS contract by Silver Airways (formerly Gulfstream International Airlines).
Frank Wiley Field covers 1,640 acres (664 ha) at an elevation of 2,630 feet (802 m). It has two asphalt runways: 4/22 is 5,680 by 75 feet (1,731 x 23 m) and 12/30 is 5,628 by 100 feet (1,715 x 30 m).
- "Miles City Airport (Frank Wiley Field)". Miles City government website. Retrieved September 8, 2009.
- FAA Airport Master Record for MLS ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- Falstad, Jan. Lewistown, Miles City losing airline subsidies, Billings Gazette, June 13, 2013, Retrieved 2013-06-13
- "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.
- "Great Lakes prepares for Montana routes". Sidney Herald (Montana). December 30, 2007. Retrieved February 3, 2008.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-1997-2605) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2005-12-20: selecting Big Sky Transportation Co., d/b/a Big Sky Airlines, to continue providing essential air service at seven Montana communities (Glasgow, Glendive, Havre, Lewistown, Miles City, Sidney, and Wolf Point) for a new two-year period beginning March 1, 2006, at a subsidy of $6,838,934 annually.
- Order 2007-11-21: selecting Big Sky Transportation Co., d/b/a Big Sky Airlines, to continue providing essential air service at seven Montana communities for a new two-year period beginning March 1, 2008, at a subsidy of $8,473,617 annually.
- Order 2007-12-22: allowing Big Sky Transportation Co., d/b/a Big Sky Airlines, to suspend its subsidized essential air services at seven Montana communities on the date that Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., begins replacement service, and selecting Great Lakes to provide those services at subsidy rates totaling $8,201,992.
- Order 2008-7-9: approving an alternate service pattern requested by Lewistown, Miles City and Sidney, Montana.
- Order 2011-1-27: selecting Gulfstream International Airlines, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) with 19-passenger Beechcraft B-1900D aircraft at Glasgow, Glendive, Havre, Lewistown, Miles City, Sidney, and Wolf Point, Montana, for a two-year period beginning when the carrier inaugurates full EAS at all seven communities through the end of the 24th month thereafter, at a combined annual subsidy rate of $10,903,854.
- (PDF), effective December 11, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for MLS, effective December 11, 2014
- Resources for this airport: