Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport
|Owensboro-Daviess County Airport|
|IATA: OWB – ICAO: KOWB – FAA LID: OWB|
|Owner||Owensboro City & Daviess County|
|Elevation AMSL||407 ft / 124 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Owensboro-Daviess County Airport (IATA: OWB, ICAO: KOWB, FAA LID: OWB) is a public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) southwest of the central business district of Owensboro, a city in Daviess County, Kentucky, United States. It is owned by both the city and county. The airport is mostly used for general aviation and is served by two commercial airlines. Scheduled commercial service is subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 3,611 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2005, 4,680 enplanements in 2006, 838 in 2007, 103 in 2008, 10,720 in 2009, and 16,193 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation airport (since it had fewer than 2,500 enplanements in 2008).
Facilities and aircraft
Owensboro-Daviess County Airport covers an area of 826 acres (334 ha) at an elevation of 407 feet (124 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 18/36 is 8,000 by 150 feet (2,438 x 46 m) with a concrete surface and 5/23 is 5,000 by 100 feet (1,524 x 30 m) with an asphalt/concrete surface.
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2010, the airport had 46,404 aircraft operations, an average of 127 per day: 91% general aviation, 5% air taxi, 4% military, and <1% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 55 aircraft based at this airport: 62% single-engine, 18% multi-engine, 18% jet, and 2% ultralight.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:
|Cape Air||St. Louis|
RegionsAir operating as AmericanConnection provided flights to St. Louis until it ceased operations in March 2007. The next EAS contract was awarded to Big Sky Airlines, operating as Delta Connection, with service to Cincinnati scheduled to begin in June 2007. Big Sky began service in November 2007 and abruptly ended operations in January 2008. Great Lakes Aviation was awarded a contract but ultimately cancelled. Owensboro was without scheduled air service from January 7, 2008, until August 31, 2009 when Pacific Wings operating as KentuckySkies was awarded the Essential Air Service contract offering flights to Nashville. On June 30, 2011 Pacific Wings notified the USDOT of their intent to end service at OWB, saying that they were "unable to procure counter or gate space at Nashville International Airport on reasonable terms," and on October 20, 2011 American Airlines code-share partner Cape Air was selected to operate flights to their hub at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport with service beginning on December 5, 2011.
On February 19, 2009, Allegiant Air began service from Owensboro to Orlando Sanford International Airport, and did operate flights to Las Vegas as well. The airline ended flights to Las Vegas on August 13, 2012.
- FAA Airport Master Record for OWB ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "Enplanements for CY 2006 (PDF)". CY 2006 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. 2007.
- "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.
- Lee Denney and Matt Weafer (2008-01-10). "Airline Departing, flights expected to continue". Messenger-Inquirer. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
- "Air service awarded to Great Lakes; flights may be to St. Louis". Jackson Sun. 2008-02-03. Retrieved 2008-02-03.[dead link]
- "Docket DOT-OST-2000-7855 ORDER TENTATIVELY SELECTING CARRIER". USDOT. 2011-10-20. Retrieved 2011-11-02.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2000-7855) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2005-6-14: reselecting RegionsAir, Inc. d/b/a American Connection, formerly known as Corporate Airlines, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at each of the above communities (Burlington, IA; Cape Girardeau, MO; Ft. Leonard Wood, MO; Jackson, TN; Marion/Herrin, IL; Owensboro, KY; Kirksville, MO) for a new two-year period from June 1, 2005, through May 31, 2007, for a combined annual subsidy of $7,306,249. Also by this order, the Department is terminating the show-cause proceeding tentatively terminating subsidy at Kirksville, Missouri, as RegionsAir's selected proposal is below the $200-per-passenger cap.
- Order 2007-3-5: selecting Big Sky Transportation Co., d/b/a Big Sky Airlines, and Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at the above communities (Burlington, IA; Cape Girardeau, MO; Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Jackson, TN; Marion/Herrin, IL, Owensboro, KY) for the two-year period from June 1, 2007, through May 31, 2009, using 19-seat Beech 1900D turboprop aircraft as follows: Big Sky at Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and Owensboro for a combined annual subsidy of $3,247,440; and Great Lakes at Burlington, Fort Leonard Wood, and Marion/Herrin for a combined annual subsidy of $2,590,461.
- Order 2008-2-1: selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide subsidized essential air service at Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Jackson, Tennessee and Owensboro, Kentucky for the two-year period beginning when the carrier starts full EAS at all three communities.
- Order 2009-6-17: selecting Pacific Wings, LLC to provide essential air service (EAS) at Owensboro, Kentucky, and Jackson, Tennessee, at a combined annual subsidy rate of $2,294,401 ($1,068,773 for Owensboro and $1,225,628 for Jackson), for a two-year period1 beginning when Pacific Wings inaugurates service.
- Order 2011-10-14: tentatively selecting Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Owensboro, Kentucky, for a four-year period. The four-year period will begin when Cape Air inaugurates full EAS and will run through the end of the 48th month thereafter. This tentative selection of Cape Air will provide Owensboro with 18 nonstop round trips per week to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport using 9-passenger Cessna 402 aircraft at an annual subsidy rate of $1,529,913.
- Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport, official website
- (PDF), effective March 6, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for OWB, effective March 6, 2014
- Resources for this airport: