Monroe Regional Airport (Louisiana)
|Monroe Regional Airport|
|USGS 1998 orthophoto|
|IATA: MLU – ICAO: KMLU – FAA LID: MLU|
|Owner||City of Monroe|
|Elevation AMSL||79 ft / 24 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Monroe Regional Airport (IATA: MLU, ICAO: KMLU, FAA LID: MLU) is a public use airport in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, United States. The airport is owned by the City of Monroe and is located three nautical miles (6 km) east of its central business district.
It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport since it has over 10,000 passenger boardings (enplanements) per year. As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 107,290 enplanements in calendar year 2011, an increase of 6.84% from 100,419 in 2010.
The airport is advertised as the birthplace of Delta Air Lines; the airport's logo is a variant on the Delta logo.
The airfield was named Selman Army Airfield, named after a Navy Pilot, Lieutenant Augustus J. Selman, USN, a native of Monroe, LA, died at Norfolk, VA, on November 28, 1921, of injuries received in an airplane crash in the line of duty
The vast majority of aircraft flown at Selman AAF were Beech C-45s, also known as the AT-7. BT-13s were flown for basic flying training, and TC-47 and TC-46s were used beginning in late 1944. It closed on until September 1, 1945. After that Selman AAF was used as a separation center for returning overseas personnel until being inactivated on May 31, 1946. The airport was returned to civil control on July 31, 1946  
Monroe was served in the past by several airlines operating mainline jet aircraft. Delta Air Lines operated Boeing 727-200, Boeing 737-200, Douglas DC-9-30 and McDonnell Douglas MD-80 jetliner flights to Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Birmingham, AL and other cities including one stop, no change of plane, direct service to New York City via Newark Airport. Delta operated mainline jet service into Monroe for many years,
Southern Airways served Monroe with Douglas DC-9-10 jet flights to New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Memphis, Chicago, Orlando and other destinations. Southern then merged with North Central Airlines to form Republic Airlines which in turn continued to serve Monroe. Republic operated DC-9 jet service nonstop to Memphis and New Orleans with direct, one stop service to Chicago and also direct, no change of plane, two stop service to Atlanta. Republic was subsequently acquired by Northwest Airlines which in turn then merged with Delta.
Several regional and commuter airlines served Monroe in the past as well including Royale Airlines which was based in Louisiana and operated hubs at Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and New Orleans International Airport (MSY). Royale operated Grumman Gulfstream I, Beechcraft C99 and Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante turboprop aircraft from the airport with nonstop service to Alexandria, LA; Baton Rouge, LA; Memphis, TN; New Orleans, LA and Shreveport, LA as well as one stop, direct service to Houston, TX. L'Express Airlines, another Louisiana-based air carrier, operated Beechcraft turboprop aircraft with nonstop flights to its hub in New Orleans, LA. Northwest Airlink, which was operated by Express Airlines I on behalf of Northwest Airlines, flew Saab 340 and British Aerospace BAe Jetstream 31 turboprops to Memphis.
Facilities and aircraft
Monroe Regional Airport covers an area of 2,660 acres (1,076 ha) at an elevation of 79 feet (24 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways with asphalt surfaces: 4/22 is 7,505 by 150 feet (2,288 x 46 m); 14/32 is 4,999 by 150 feet (1,524 x 46 m); 18/36 is 5,001 by 150 feet (1,524 x 46 m).
For the 12-month period ending March 1, 2010, the airport had 42,213 aircraft operations, an average of 115 per day: 56% general aviation, 20% military, 13% air taxi, and 11% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 93 aircraft based at this airport: 77% single-engine, 16% multi-engine, and 7% jet.
In 2009 Lincoln Builders of Ruston started construction on a new nearly 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) terminal, which was completed in mid-2011.
In October 2011, part one of a two phase passenger terminal project was completed. The original terminal was demolished and a new passenger terminal was constructed to include a new baggage claim and car rental facility. The new terminal is located adjacent to the site of the original facility and features new ticket counters, a cocktail lounge and a "Not Just Bar-B-Q Express" restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The new terminal has six gates with four of these gates being equipped with Jet Bridges.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:
|American Eagle||Dallas/Fort Worth|
|Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet||Atlanta|
|United Express operated by ExpressJet||Houston-Intercontinental|
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|1||Atlanta, GA||Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)||50,070|
|2||Dallas/Fort Worth, TX||Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW)||26,840|
|3||Houston, TX||George Bush Intercontinental (IAH)||24,620|
- FAA Airport Master Record for MLU ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (MLU: Monroe Municipal)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
- "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 2011" (PDF, 1.7 MB). CY 2011 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 9, 2012.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
- Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942-2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC
- departedflights.com; Royale Airlines Nov. 1, 1984 system timetable
- departedflights.com, Dec. 15, 1989 Official Airline Guide (OAG), New Orleans flight schedules
- departedflights.com, April 2, 1995 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Memphis schedules
- "Monroe, LA: Monroe Regional (MLU)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. September 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
- Monroe Regional Airport
- Detailed history of Selman Army Airfield
- (PDF), effective May 30, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for MLU, effective May 30, 2013
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