Montgomery Regional Airport
|Montgomery Regional Airport
|NAIP 2006 orthophoto|
|IATA: MGM – ICAO: KMGM – FAA LID: MGM|
|Owner||City of Montgomery|
|Operator||Montgomery Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||221 ft / 67 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Montgomery Regional Airport (IATA: MGM, ICAO: KMGM, FAA LID: MGM) (Dannelly Field) is a public and military airport seven miles southwest of Montgomery, the capital of Alabama. Owned by the Montgomery Airport Authority, it is used for general aviation and military aviation, and sees three airlines.
This airport is in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which called it a primary commercial service airport since it has over 10,000 passenger boardings (enplanements) per year. Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 188,177 enplanements in calendar year 2011, a decrease from 194,540 in 2010.
Commercial aviation and military aviation have been intertwined in Montgomery. The first commercial air services in Montgomery operated at Maxwell Field, a military facility founded by the Wright Brothers west of the city. To provide for commercial aviation the City of Montgomery opened its original municipal airport in 1929 east of the city. This facility was later named Gunter Field and was served by a predecessor of American Airlines. Eastern Air Lines subsequently took over service at Gunter.
In 1940 the War Department chose Gunter Field for a new pilot training facility. Gunter quickly became congested, Eastern Airlines was forced to move temporarily to Maxwell, and the city purchased a tract southwest of downtown on US 80 to replace Gunter for civilian aviation. Separately, the Army Air Force identified a need for seven auxiliary fields in the vicinity of Gunter and the city and USAAF agreed that the city's newly purchased site would also serve as Gunter's auxiliary field #6. It opened in 1943 and was named for ENS Clarence Moore Dannelly, Jr., USN, a Navy pilot killed in a 1940 training accident and considered to be the first casualty of World War II from Montgomery. The old Army Air Force hangars are now part of the Montgomery Aviation complex. The original three runways, and their original dimensions, were:
- 3/21: 4,000 by 150 feet (1,219 m × 46 m). Still exists today.
- 9/27: 3,500 by 150 feet (1,067 m × 46 m). Extended to 7,000 ft (2,100 m) in 1955. Extended to 9,000 ft (2,700 m) in 1963. Redesignated 10/28 in 1992.
- 15/33: 4,000 by 150 feet (1,219 m × 46 m). Closed in 1981. Some portions remain as taxiway and apron.
When Dannelly Field opened, Eastern moved its operations there. The city took title to Dannelly in 1946, although joint commercial and military use continued, and erected a permanent passenger terminal and control tower north of Runway 9/27 in 1955. While Runway 9/27 was being rebuilt in 1963, and again in 1970, commercial flights were temporarily diverted to Maxwell AFB.
The Alabama Air National Guard's 187th Fighter Wing (187 FW), based on the west side of the airport at Montgomery Air National Guard Base, operates a squadron of
F-16C aircraft. The 187th Fighter Wing evolved from the 160th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron that began operating at Dannelly Field in 1953. During its history, the 187th and its predecessor have based several types of aircraft at Montgomery, including the RF-51 Mustang, RF-80 Shooting Star, RF-84 Thunderflash, RF-4 Phantom II, F-4 Phantom II and C-131 Samaritan.
The Alabama Army National Guard also has an Army Aviation Support Facility on the south side of the airport. Although primarily oriented to helicopter operations, fixed-wing aircraft can also be accommodated. The 31st Aviation Battalion was established here in 1986, and became the 1st Battalion, 131st Aviation Regiment a year later.
An Air National Guard Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit is located at the airport, equipped with multiple fire fighting and rescue vehicles, to augment the airport's civilian ARFF unit.
Facilities and aircraft
Montgomery Regional Airport covers 1,907 acres (772 ha) at an elevation of 221 feet (67 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt runways. Runway 10/28 is 9,020 by 150 feet (2,749 x 46 m) and had CAT I ILS and approach lights on both ends. Runway 3/21 is 4,011 by 150 feet (1,223 x 46 m).
The airline terminal has been expanded and modified several times since 1955. A $40 million capital program that finished in November 2006 doubled the size of the terminal, transformed its appearance, and modernized it with 2nd floor boarding, jetway loading bridges, and a rotunda with a domed ceiling that simulates sunrises, sunsets, and stars at night.
The apron and the main runway and taxiways can accommodate aircraft as large as the Boeing 747 and Antonov 124.
There are numerous corporate aviation hangars and support facilities. A proposal to extend Runway 3/21 to 7,200 feet (2,200 m) is under consideration. A new control tower was built in 1996 south of Runway 10/28.
In the year ending May 31, 2012 the airport had 61,863 aircraft operations, average 169 per day: 48% military, 33% general aviation, 19% air taxi, and <1% scheduled commercial. 136 aircraft were then based at this airport: 42% military, 38% single-engine, 12% multi-engine, 7% jet, and 1% helicopter.
Airlines and destinations
Airlines with scheduled nonstop flights to:
|American Eagle operated by Envoy||Dallas/Fort Worth||4|
|Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet||Atlanta||1, 3, 6|
|US Airways Express operated by Air Wisconsin||Charlotte||5|
|US Airways Express operated by PSA Airlines||Charlotte||5|
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|1||Atlanta, GA||Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)||111,830|
|2||Dallas/Fort Worth, TX||Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW)||35,220|
|3||Charlotte, NC||Charlotte Douglas International (CLT)||33,590|
Past airlines since 1955 have included Eastern Air Lines, Eastern Metro Express, Southern Airways, Republic Airlines, Piedmont Aviation, Sun Airlines, Southeast Air, South Central Air Transport (SCAT), Air Illinois, Ocean Airways, Continental Airlines, Continental Express and Northwest Airlink. Although 50-70 passenger regional jets are now the dominant scheduled aircraft, in past years airlines such as Delta operated the DC-9, MD-80, 737, 727, and briefly even the DC-8 on a scheduled basis.
- FAA Airport Master Record for MGM ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (MGM: Montgomery / Dannelly Field)". 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.
- "Montgomery, AL: Montgomery Regional (MGM)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. December 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
- Other sources
- Wesley Phillips Newton, "Origins and Early Development of Civil Aviation in Montgomery, 1910-1946," The Alabama Review, January 2004.
- Montgomery Regional Airport, official website
- 187th Fighter Wing, Alabama Air National Guard, official website
- (PDF), effective March 6, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for MGM, effective March 6, 2014
- Resources for this airport: