Pensacola International Airport
|Pensacola International Airport|
|IATA: PNS – ICAO: KPNS – FAA LID: PNS
|Owner||City of Pensacola|
|Elevation AMSL||121 ft / 37 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
In 1935 a passenger terminal opened, and airline service began two years later. Atlantic and Gulf Airlines went out of business a few months later after failing to get an airmail contract. In 1938 National Airlines began flights to Mobile and Jacksonville. From 1940 to 1945, the airport was a U.S. Navy training facility; the Navy built a control tower and added a fourth runway. In 1947 Eastern Air Lines began service out of Pensacola, and in 1952 a modern terminal replaced the original one. The airport was then dedicated to L.C. Hagler, the former mayor of Pensacola. In 1968 Eastern began the first scheduled jet service from Pensacola.
In 1978, after deregulation of the airline industry, several airlines tried Pensacola, including Continental and Delta. In 1978 a National Airlines Boeing 727 crashed into Escambia Bay while on approach for landing, the first fatal airline accident in the area. In 1979 US Airways, then called USAir, arrived at Pensacola. In 1990 the current terminal was built and AirTran Airways began jet service. In 2005 United Express began service out of Pensacola.
Pensacola International Airport covers 1,211 acres (490 ha) and has two runways:
- Runway 17/35: 7,004 x 150 ft. (2,135 x 46 m) Asphalt
- Runway 8/26: 7,000 x 150 ft. (2,133 x 46 m) Asphalt
Runway 17 has an instrument landing system and approach lights, while the Runway 26 approach has a localizer approach. A 1,000 ft. extension to the east end of Runway 8/26 was completed in 2006. The airport hopes to extend Runway 17/35 to about 8,500 ft.
The airport's two war-era diagonal runways were decommissioned in the 1960s.
Pensacola has one passenger terminal with 12 gates, built in the early 1990s. Gates 11–12 are on the ground floor and only Gate 11 is currently used, by United Airlines. Gates 8 and 12 are unassigned (vacant).
Southwest: Gate 10
American: Gate 5 and 6
Delta: Gate 2 and 4
United: Gate 1, 3 and 11
US Airways: Gate 7 and 9
- Terminal Expansion 
The most common airliner is the Embraer 145 on American Eagle and United Express. The MD-88, MD-90, Boeing 717–200 family on AirTran and Delta are the second most common. The CRJ200, CRJ700, and CRJ900 family of US Airways Express is the third and propeller aircraft operated by Silver Airways is the 4th. The UPS A300-600 is the 5th and the only wide body aircraft to regularly come to Pensacola. Delta seasonally operates the Airbus A319 and the Boeing 757–200.
Airlines and destinations
Non-stop flights to Pensacola:
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth (begins May 8, 2014)|
|American Eagle operated by Envoy||Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami|
|American Eagle operated by ExpressJet||Dallas/Fort Worth|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta|
|Silver Airways||Orlando, Tampa|
|Southwest Airlines||Houston–Hobby, Nashville|
|United Express operated by ExpressJet||Houston–Intercontinental
Seasonal: Chicago O'Hare
|US Airways Express operated by Air Wisconsin||Washington–National|
|US Airways Express operated by Mesa Airlines||Charlotte|
|US Airways Express operated by PSA Airlines||Washington–National|
Pensacola mayor Ashton Hawyard announced on November 9, 2011 that, despite not serving any international destinations, the airport would change its name from Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport to Pensacola International Airport effective immediately.
Former airline flights
The Delta subsidiary, Song had service to Orlando International Airport. Republic Airlines flew to Washington Reagan. American Eagle flew to Chicago O'Hare. Delta flew to Dallas/Fort Worth, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, and Memphis and Northwest flew to Memphis prior to its merger with Delta.
UPS Airlines is the only cargo carrier at the airport currently.
|UPS Airlines||Albany (GA), Louisville|
On December 27, 1987 an Eastern Airlines DC-9-31 made a hard landing and split its fuselage open just aft of its wing root. No one was seriously injured in the accident but the aircraft was written off.
On July 6, 1996, Delta Air Lines Flight 1288, an MD-88, experienced an uncontained engine failure during takeoff on Runway 17. Fragments from the number one (left) Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219 turbofan engine penetrated the fuselage, killing two and seriously injuring one of the 148 people on board.
- FAA Airport Master Record for PNS ( PDF), effective 2008-12-31
- Pensacola International Airport – Gresham Smith
- Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport – Stoa Architects
- Eastern Jet's fuselage cracks wide open during bumpy landing in Pensacola
- Aircraft McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 N8948E Pensacola Regional Airport
- Pensacola International Airport, official site
- Resources for this airport: