Redding Municipal Airport
|Redding Municipal Airport
Redding Army Airfield
|USGS 2008 Orthophoto|
|IATA: RDD – ICAO: KRDD – FAA LID: RDD|
|Owner||City of Redding|
|Location||Redding, California, USA|
|Elevation AMSL||505 ft / 154 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Redding Municipal Airport (IATA: RDD, ICAO: KRDD, FAA LID: RDD) is a city-owned public-use airport six miles (10 km) southeast of Redding in Shasta County, California. It is one of two airports in Redding, the other being Benton Airpark. The airport is used for general aviation, but sees one airline.
In 1942 the site of Redding Army Airfield was acquired by the United States Army Corps of Engineers for the United States Army Air Forces. Initially Redding AAF was a sub-base for Chico AAF and garrisoned by the 433d Army Air Force Base Unit. It was under IV Fighter Command at Hamiltion AAF.
The overall mission of Redding Army Airfield was advanced flight training of new airmen prior to their deployment overseas into the combat zones of the Pacific, China, Mediterranean or European Theaters. The USAAF 339th Fighter Squadron, 369th Fighter Group operated P-39 Airacobras from the airfield to perform that mission.
On 1 November 1944 control of Redding AAF was transferred from the Fourth Air Force to the Sacramento Area Command of the Army Air Forces’ Air Technical Service Command headquartered at McClellan Army Airfield near Sacramento. The host unit was redesignated as the 4191st Army Air Force Base Unit. The mission was changed from training air crews to that of a refueling and maintenance facility for transient aircraft. Redding AAF was sporadically used by the Army Air Forces’ Air Transport Command as a refueling and service stop.
On 19 December 1945 the military declared Redding AAF excess and on 18 November 1946 it was turned over to the City of Redding for a civil airfield. Final transfer of the facility was in 1949, ending military ownership.
Today the City of Redding continues to operate the airport and has started a major commercial development.
Redding Airport had scheduled jet service operated by four airlines over the years. Hughes Airwest (previously Air West) flew Douglas DC-9s to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle. Frontier operated Boeing 737-200s to Denver via Sacramento. United Airlines flew Boeing 737-200s nonstop and direct to San Francisco for a few years starting in 1983. Pacific Express operated BAC One-Eleven jets nonstop to San Francisco and on to Los Angeles and Portland. In addition, American Eagle operating on behalf of American Airlines flew nonstop turboprop service to San Jose, San Francisco, Eureka/Arcata, and Klamath Falls until the airline pulled its service to Redding in late 1993.
Facilities and aircraft
In 12 months through April 2012 the airport had 104,674 aircraft operations, average 287 per day: 46% local general aviation, 17% transient general aviation, 36% air taxi, <1% scheduled commercial and <1% military. 222 aircraft are based at this airport: 175 single-engine, 27 multi-engine, 15 helicopter and 5 jet.
The City of Redding is in the process of expanding the passenger terminal. The result will be an estimated $6 million expansion and face-lift, with the majority of funds coming from the FAA Airport Improvement Program. The current terminal will be expanded from 20,000 sq. ft. to approximately 30,000 sq. ft. The secure passenger holding area will increase its holding capacity from the current 70 passengers to around 200 passengers. The holding area will also have restrooms; a convenience for passengers who currently must leave the sterile area if they wish to visit the restroom. This project is being constructed by the general contractor, Danco Builders Northwest, out of Arcata, CA.
Airlines and destinations
|United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines||San Francisco|
- FAA Airport Master Record for RDD ( PDF), effective 05/02/2013
- City of Redding: Airports Division
- "Historic California Posts, Redding Army Airfield". The California State Military Museum. Retrieved 2008-04-19.
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- "United Airlines U.S. Route Map 2013". United Airlines. June 10, 2013.
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- Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
- Redding Municipal Airport at City of Redding web site
- (PDF), effective March 6, 2014
- Resources for this airport: