St. George Municipal Airport

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For the former airport using this name, see St. George Municipal Airport (1972-2010).
St. George Municipal Airport
(new)
IATA: SGUICAO: KSGUFAA LID: SGU
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator City of St. George
Serves St. George, Utah
Elevation AMSL 2,884 ft / 879 m
Coordinates 37°02′11″N 113°30′37″W / 37.03639°N 113.51028°W / 37.03639; -113.51028 (St. George Municipal Airport (2011-present))Coordinates: 37°02′11″N 113°30′37″W / 37.03639°N 113.51028°W / 37.03639; -113.51028 (St. George Municipal Airport (2011-present))
Website www.flysgu.com
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 9,300 2,835 Asphalt
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

St. George Municipal Airport (IATA: SGUICAO: KSGUFAA LID: SGU) is a city-owned, public-use airport located five nautical miles (5.8 miles; 9.3 km) southeast of the central business district of St. George, a city in Washington County, Utah, United States.[1]

The current airport opened on January 13, 2011, and is a replacement for a smaller land-locked St. George Municipal Airport, located atop a mesa in the city, which was declared unsuitable for expansion the city needed for population growth. It is served by SkyWest Airlines on behalf of Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.

The former airport used SGU as the location identifier for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and International Air Transport Association (IATA). The new airport was assigned a transitional identifier DXZ by the FAA, but retained the IATA designation SGU.[2] On December 15, 2011, the FAA returned SGU to use at the new airport.

History[edit]

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was completed in August 2006. The study concluded the impact on the environment and noise pollution would be minimal. Plans for the airport included a single runway suitable for regional jets and larger mainline aircraft. SkyWest Airlines announced that on January 13, 2011 the airline would begin jet service to Salt Lake City from the airport. The runway will be oriented at about 010/190 degrees. It will initially be 9,300 by 150 feet (2,835 by 46 m) with plans for the runway to be extended to 11,500 by 150 feet (3,505 by 46 m) feet. The airport will include an Air Traffic Control Tower and a precision instrument approach, things the old St. George Municipal Airport did not have.

The new St. George Airport has been partially funded by grants from the FAA totaling $123 million. The entire project is expected to cost about 159 million dollars.[3] The city broke ground on the new site in October 2008 and opened on January 13, 2011.

Facilities[edit]

St. George Municipal Airport has one runway designated 1/19 with an asphalt surface measuring 9,300 by 150 feet (2,835 x 46 m).[1] The 1,203-acre (487 ha) facility includes a 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) terminal.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Delta Connection Salt Lake City
United Express Denver[4]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On May 26, 2012, at around 1:30 a.m., four people were killed when a Cessna 172 aircraft crashed during take-off from St. George Municipal Airport. Because the airport is not staffed at night and instead uses an automated system, the wreckage was not found until more than 4 hours later. A security camera captured the plane taking off.[5]
  • On July 17, 2012, a SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ200, Delta Connection aircraft, was stolen by a SkyWest employee Brian Hedglin on leave, and substantially damaged at the airport. The terminal and a jetway also were damaged. The plane was not put back in service.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for DXZ (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 30 June 2011.
  2. ^ "St. George Municipal Airport (IATA: SGU, ICAO: KDXZ, FAA: DXZ)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "About SGU - St. George Municipal Airport". FlySGU.com. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.ksl.com/?sid=24095041&nid=148&s_cid=rss-extlink
  5. ^ "Small plane crashes at airport in southern Utah, killing 4". BNO News. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  6. ^ The Spectrum (Gannett), "Fugitive steals SkyWest jet, commits suicide at St. George airport", 17 July 2012 (accessed 17 July 2012)[dead link]

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