Toledo Express Airport
|Toledo Express Airport|
|FAA diagram of Toledo Express Airport|
|IATA: TOL – ICAO: KTOL – FAA LID: TOL
|Owner||Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority|
|Location||Swanton / Monclova townships, Lucas County, Ohio, USA|
|Elevation AMSL||684 ft / 208.5 m|
Toledo Express Airport (IATA: TOL, ICAO: KTOL, FAA LID: TOL) is a joint civil-military airport located 10 miles (16 km) west of the city of Toledo in the extreme Western portion of Lucas County, Ohio, United States, near the border with Fulton County, in the townships of Swanton and Monclova. TOL is located on State Route 2 near the Ohio Turnpike. Exit 52 on the Turnpike connects the Turnpike with Route 2. In addition to serving commercial passenger, cargo and general aviation aircraft the airport is also a base for the Ohio Air National Guard's 180th Fighter Wing with F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft.
As well as being a main airport for Toledo, it is also a secondary airport for Detroit, Michigan, and serves as a regional hub for smaller communities and rural areas in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. The airport is operated by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. Toledo Express served 143,383 passengers in 2012, a 0.9% drop from 2011 which had 144,076. American Airlines, operated by American Connection, was the largest operator in 2012 with 79,619 passengers (up 12% from 2011–70,939 and 58,540 in 2010) and reported a load factor of 66%. Allegiant Air carrier 54,412 passengers in 2012 for a 91.5% load factor. The remaining passengers were carried by charter outfits Direct Air (operated by Xtra Airways) with service to Punta Gorda and Vision Airlines with service to Myrtle Beach.
Toledo Express also served as the main North American hub for DB Schenker, who acquired BAX Global, an international air cargo company, from 1993 until September 2011. DB Schenker leased a 300,000-square-foot (30,000 m2) warehouse facility with direct access to the runways at Toledo Express. They operated approximately 20 flights on average (with a peak of 42) per night from across the United States. Toledo Express was the 22nd busiest cargo hub in North America in 2009 with 241,472 tons handled. The facility is now home to the headquarters of BX Solutions, a ground logistics and shipping company started up by former BAX Global employees with plans to re-establish the former domestic BAX Global ground and eventually air networks.
Toledo Express Airport covers 2,345 acres (949 ha) and has two runways:
- Runway 7/25: 10,600 x 150 ft (3,231 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt
- Runway 16/34: 5,599 x 150 ft (1,707 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt
Airlines and destinations 
|Allegiant Air||Orlando-Sanford, Punta Gorda/Fort Myers, St. Petersburg/Clearwater||5|
operated by Chautauqua Airlines
operated by Atlas Air
Toledo ANGB consists of a Federal enclave of 135.4 acres (0.548 km2) leased by the Department of Defense for the State of Ohio and the Ohio Air National Guard, housing combat-ready F-16C Fighting Falcon jet fighters and associated Air National Guard support units. Physical facilities consist of 3 administrative, 13 industrial and 7 services building (including hangar facilities), totaling nearly 322,000 square feet.
There are 21 military aircraft based at TOL supported by 290 full-time Air Reserve Technician (ART) and Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) personnel. Over 600 additional part-time Traditional Air National Guardsmen round out the balance of the 180 FW, capable of deploying world-wide to meet Air Force and combatant commander requirements as part of the Air Reserve Component of the U.S. Air Force under Title 10 USC. Concurrently, the 180 FW also provides traditional National Guard state support roles in the event of local and state emergencies to the Governor of Ohio pursuant to Title 32 USC.
Private and Corporate Usage 
- Toledo Express is used for several Toledo area companies as a base for their corporate aircraft. These companies include Owens-Illinois and Owens-Corning.
- Promedica Air houses its air ambulances at Toledo Express.
- Grand Aire operates as a fixed-based operator on the northwest side of the airport.
- National Flight Services operates a fixed-based operator on the north side of the airport, and also as an engine overhaul and aircraft maintenance facility.
- TOL Aviation operates as a fixed-based operator on the north side of the airport.
- Toledo Jet Center is a business jet maintenance and avionics services company that specializes in the Cessna Citation aircraft series.
- BD Aero Works is an aircraft charter and maintenance provider.
- Quick Flight is an airline services company offer handling services at many airports across the country for both above and below wing services.
FlightSafety International operates one of its training centers at TOL. The company provides training for fixed and rotary wing pilots, flight attendants, dispatchers, and maintenance technicians. FlightSafety serves both corporate (business aviation) and commercial customers. The FlightSafety International Training Center at Toledo Express Airport offers training programs in the Citation II, III, V, Ultra, Excel, X and Hawker 400XP aircraft. Differences training is offered for the Citation I, S/II, VII, Bravo, Encore, XLS, MU300 and Beechjet 400 models. The Center employs about 50 full time and part time employees.
Toledo Public Schools also operates a training center at the airport.
Aircraft Usage 
There are 91 aircraft based at TOL. In addition to the 21 military aircraft based here, there are 22 single engine and 22 multi engine airplanes, and 26 jet airplanes.
For the 12 month period ending December 31, 2008, the airport averaged 149 operations per day. 35% were transient general aviation, 24% were air taxi, 18% were commercial, 14% were local general aviation, and 9% were military moves.
Key Airport Management 
- Toledo/Lucas County Port Authority President - Paul Toth
- Airport Manager — Stephen Arnold
- Manager of Airport Administration — Linda Friend
- Receptionist/Administrative Secretary — Joyce Amborski
- Operations Specialist — Dan Spaugy
- Operations Specialist — Kyle Garris
- The airlines moved to the new airport around 1955; the April 1957 OAG shows 13 weekday departures on United, six TWA, six Delta, four Eastern and four Capital.
- On October 29, 1960, a chartered plane carrying the Cal Poly football team, hours after a loss to Bowling Green State University, crashed on takeoff at the Toledo Express Airport. Eighteen of the forty-eight people on board were killed, including sixteen players, the team's student manager, and a Cal Poly football booster.
- January 8, 1989, American Eagle Airlines started service between Toledo Express and Chicago O'Hare with four daily flights.
- In the early morning hours of February 15, 1992 a Burlington Air Express DC-8-63F (tail number N794AL) crashed 3 miles north of the runway into a wheat field just after executing its second missed approach. All four crew members perished and the aircraft, carrying mostly computer parts was completely destroyed. The cause of the crash is listed as "spatial disorientation" by the captain.
- 1997 is the busiest year in Toledo Express' history. 679,841 fly out of KTOL. Much of the growth is attributed to Air Tran Airways offering low cost flights to Orlando, Florida.
- December 15, 2006 - Security heightened when Toledo Express Airport noted there was a bomb threat. A note that was found in the commuter aircraft simply put it as 'bomb' and that was enough for the airport to take the necessary precautions. They later learned there was no explosives on board of the aircraft.
- January 12, 2007 - A bomb threat was called to 911 on a cell phone that American Eagle Flight 4359 flying out of the Toledo Express Airport had a bomb on board. This caused Toledo officials to heighten security at the airport. The plane had pushed away from the terminal and was getting ready to take off for Chicago-O'Hare when the 911 call was made at around 10:30 a.m. The plane had 30 passengers and three crew members on board, and no injuries were reported. The plane had sat isolated on a runway for about an hour before the fire trucks and other vehicles approached. The FBI and city fire officials did not know whether the caller was the one making the threat. The FBI are continuing to determine who sent the call in, but they also determined later in the day that the bomb threat was a hoax. American Eagle is a regional service for American Airlines.
- January 16, 2007 - A second bomb threat within four days at the Toledo Express Airport had been declared another hoax. The bomb threat was sent through e-mail to the airport.
- March 13, 2012 - Direct Air suspended operations from the airport. The charter carrier was subject to Chapter 7 liquidation on April 12, 2012.
Failed Commercial Start Up Attempts 
Toledo has had a few air service announcements made that never materialized or were dropped prior to being operated.
|Airline||Destination(s)||Planned Aircraft||Targeted Start|
|Air Georgian (dba Air Canada)||Toronto||Beech 1900||Aug. 10, 2000|
|Direct Air (commuter)||Chicago Midway||Fairchild Metro III||1995|
|JetAmerica (Air Azul)||Melbourne, Fla; Minneapolis; Newark||Boeing 737-800||Aug. 14, 2009|
- Table will be updated over time with new information.
- Airports Council International. http://www.aci-na.org/stats/stats_traffic Airport Traffic Reports], www.aci-na.org
- "AirDisaster.Com Accident Database". Unknown parameter
- "Toledo airport traffic dips to 44-year low". USA Today. January 18, 2009.
- "WTVG Toledo - Bomb scare at Toledo Express". Retrieved 12 January 2007.
- SC-Based Charter Airline Cancels Flights, Associated Press, March 13, 2012
- Heath, Dan (April 12, 2012). "Direct Air bankruptcy goes to Chapter 7". Plattsburgh Press-Republican. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
- Toledo Express Airport (official site)
- Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority (official site)
- Toledo Aviation Information and Northwest Ohio Aviation Council
- 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard (official site)
- Toledo Express Airport (ANG) (GlobalSecurity.org)
- Resources for this airport: