Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle
|Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle|
|USGS 1996 orthophoto|
|IATA: PQI – ICAO: KPQI – FAA LID: PQI|
|Owner||City of Presque Isle|
|Serves||Presque Isle, Maine|
|Elevation AMSL||534 ft / 163 m|
|Sources: airport website and FAA|
Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle (IATA: PQI, ICAO: KPQI, FAA LID: PQI) is a city-owned, public use airport located one nautical mile (2 km) northwest of the central business district of Presque Isle, a city in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. It serves the residents of Presque Isle and a vast area of northern Maine and northwestern New Brunswick with commercial and charter aviation services. Airline service is subsidized by the Essential Air Service program with daily service to Logan International Airport in Boston, a service which is subsidized by the federal government's Essential Air Service program at a cost of $3,892,174 (per year).
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 13,385 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 13,513 enplanements in 2009, and 15,052 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).
The airport is home to the second longest commercial runway in Maine (second only to Bangor International Airport), and third longest overall (after the Loring Commerce Centre, formerly Loring Air Force Base) and is often advertised as the "Gateway to Northern Maine." It was once hub to Aroostook Airways, a commuter airline which operated in the 1970s, with service to several destinations throughout New England.
World War II
During World War II, the federal government appropriated the airport, establishing an air base for planes bound to and from Great Britain. Lane Construction of Hampden, Maine, was one of the contractors who worked on upgrading the airport for the military. Almost overnight, Presque Isle Army Airfield became a vital air transport installation and the city found itself a busy war center. During the Second World War, Clark Gable was briefly stationed at Presque Isle before being sent to England. Operations during this period were described by Ernest K. Gann, based upon his personal experiences in the Air Transport Command, in his book, Fate Is the Hunter.
When the United States Air Force closed Presque Isle Air Force Base in 1961, the former Air Force Base was redeveloped. Presque Isle is home the University of Maine at Presque Isle, as well as the Northern Maine Community College. Scheduled commercial air service is available through Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle. General aviation services are available through both Northern Maine Regional Airport and Caribou Municipal Airport.
In addition, the Skyway Industrial Park sits adjacent to Northern Maine Regional Airport which offers commercial airline as well as general aviation services to the entire region. FedEx and United Parcel Service augment park accessibility by air to and from major markets.
Skyway Industrial Park, owned by the city of Presque Isle and administered by the Presque Isle Industrial Council, has been attractive to a variety of new businesses. To date, over 40 companies have located on the park. The park consists of 440 acres (1.8 km2), of which 175 is prime industrial land served by all utilities, streets, subdivided and available for further development. Located adjacent to the airport and within 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of downtown, the park has become a dominant feature in the local and regional economy.
Facilities and aircraft
Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle covers an area of 1,489 acres (603 ha) at an elevation of 534 feet (163 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 1/19 is 7,439 by 150 feet (2,267 x 46 m) and 10/28 is 5,994 by 100 feet (1,827 x 30 m).
For the 12-month period ending August 31, 2011, the airport had 4,364 aircraft operations, an average of 11 per day: 49% general aviation, 44% scheduled commercial, 6% air taxi, and 1% military. At that time there were 24 aircraft based at this airport: 79% single-engine and 21% multi-engine.
Airline and destination
The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:
Air cargo operators and destinations
|AirNow operating as Business Airfreight||Bangor|
|FedEx Feeder operated by Wiggins Airways||Manchester (NH), Portland (ME)|
- Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle, official site
- FAA Airport Master Record for PQI ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
- "Essential Air Service Reports". U.S. Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
- "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.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket DOT-OST-2000-8012) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2004-10-16 (October 25, 2004): re-selecting Colgan Air, Inc., to provide subsidized Essential Air Service (EAS) at Presque Isle/Houlton, Augusta/Waterville, Bar Harbor and Rockland, Maine, for a two-year period at a combined annual subsidy rate of $4,312,849.
- Order 2006-8-24 (August 25, 2006): re-selecting Colgan Air, Inc., operating as US Airways Express, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Presque Isle/Houlton, Augusta/Waterville, Bar Harbor, and Rockland, Maine, at a total annual subsidy rate of $4,774,068 ($3,572,592 for Augusta/Waterville, Bar Harbor, and Rockland; $1,201,476 for Presque Isle/Houlton), for the two-year period of November 1, 2006, through October 31, 2008.
- Order 2008-5-23 (May 19, 2008): re-selecting Colgan Air, Inc., operating as US Airways Express, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Presque Isle/Houlton, Maine, at an annual subsidy rate of $2,643,588, for the two-year period of May 15, 2008, through May 31, 2010.
- Order 2010-6-5 (June 2, 2010): selecting Colgan Air Inc., operating as US Airways Express, to provide essential air service (EAS) at Presque Isle, Maine, for an annual subsidy of $2,812,853 for the two-year period from June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2012.
- Order 2012-3-2 (March 2, 2012): selecting PenAir to provide EAS at Presque Isle and Plattsburgh using 34-passenger Saab 340 aircraft. At Presque Isle, PenAir will provide 19 weekly round trips for an annual subsidy rate of $4,341,967 for the first 6 months after full EAS commences and an annual subsidy rate of $3,892,174 for the 18 months thereafter.
- Northern Maine Regional Airport, official site
- Aerial image as of May 1996 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for PQI, effective October 16, 2014
- Resources for this airport: