North Las Vegas Airport

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North Las Vegas Airport
North Las Vegas Airport Logo.jpg
Aerial view, September 2005
Airport type Public
Operator Clark County
Serves Las Vegas, Nevada
Location North Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation AMSL 2,205 ft / 672 m
Coordinates 36°12′38″N 115°11′40″W / 36.21056°N 115.19444°W / 36.21056; -115.19444Coordinates: 36°12′38″N 115°11′40″W / 36.21056°N 115.19444°W / 36.21056; -115.19444
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
VGT is located in Nevada
Location of airport in Nevada
Direction Length Surface
ft m
7/25 5,004 1,525 Asphalt
12R/30L 5,000 1,524 Asphalt
12L/30R 4,202 1,281 Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations 225,979
Based aircraft 686
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

North Las Vegas Airport (IATA: VGTICAO: KVGTFAA LID: VGT) is an airport located three nautical miles (6 km) northwest of the central business district of Las Vegas, in North Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.[1] It is owned by Clark County and operated by the Clark County Department of Aviation.

Known locally as Northtown, it is the second busiest airport in the Las Vegas metro area and the third busiest in Nevada. It is the primary airport in the Las Vegas area for general aviation and scenic tours, allowing McCarran International Airport to focus on commercial flights. North Las Vegas does offer limited regional airline service. Many helicopter operators including the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department use the airport.

The airport is certificated under 14 CFR Part 139.


The airport opened on December 7, 1941, as Sky Haven Airport. Given the significance of the date, only one of the three founders, Florence Murphy, remained to run the airport.[2]

Sky Rider Motel opened in the early 1960s during an expansion project at the airport, featuring a swimming pool shaped like an airplane.[2]

In 1968, Hughes Tool Company purchased the airport, then called North Las Vegas Air Terminal.[2]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

North Las Vegas Airport covers an area of 920 acres (370 ha) at an elevation of 2,205 feet (672 m) above mean sea level. It has three asphalt paved runways: 7/25 measuring 5,004 by 75 feet (1,525 x 23 m), 12R/30L measuring 5,000 by 75 feet (1,524 x 23 m), and 12L/30R measuring 4,202 by 75 feet (1,281 x 23 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending February 7, 2007, the airport had 225,979 aircraft operations, an average of 619 per day: 86% general aviation, 13% air taxi and <1% military. At that time there were 686 aircraft based at this airport: 76% single-engine, 15% multi-engine, 2% jet, 8% helicopter and <1% ultralight.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Vision Airlines Grand Canyon

Runway incursions[edit]

The airport has continuously worked on a runway incursion prevention program to help curtail the number of runway incursions happening at the airport. For the year of 2007, North Las Vegas ranked #2 in airports with most runway incursions.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

On August 30, 1978, Las Vegas Airlines Flight 44, a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain (N44LV), crashed in VFR conditions shortly after takeoff from runway 25. Flight 44 was a charter flight from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Santa Ana, California, with nine Australian tourists and a pilot on board. After liftoff following a longer-than-normal ground roll, the aircraft pitched nose up, climbed steeply to about 400 ft above the ground, stalled, reversed course, and crashed 1,150 ft beyond and 650 ft to the right of the runway. All persons on board the aircraft were killed. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the probable cause of the accident was a backed out elevator down-stop bolt that limited down elevator travel and made it impossible for the pilot to prevent a pitchup and stall after takeoff. There was no fire.[3][4][5]

On January 2, 2013, a twin-engine Piper Aerostar crashed and burst into flames at North Las Vegas Airport after a hard landing. Both its two occupants managed to escape uninjured.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for VGT (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 10, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c "The History of North Las Vegas Airport". North Las Vegas Airport. Clark County Department of Aviation. 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
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