Tri-Cities Regional Airport
|Tri-Cities Regional Airport
Tri-Cities Regional Airport, TN/VA
|IATA: TRI – ICAO: KTRI – FAA LID: TRI|
|Owner||Tri-Cities Airport Commission|
|Elevation AMSL||1,519 ft / 463 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Tri-Cities Regional Airport (IATA: TRI, ICAO: KTRI, FAA LID: TRI), also known as Tri-Cities Regional Airport, TN/VA, is a public use airport in Sullivan County, Tennessee, United States. It is located adjacent to Blountville, Tennessee and primarily serves the Tri-Cities area (Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City) of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, which includes all of the following cities: Blountville, Bluff City, Bristol, Buffalo, Elizabethton, Erwin, Greeneville, Johnson City, Jonesborough, Kingsport, Mountain City, Rogersville (all in Tennessee), also the cities of Abingdon, Virginia, Bristol, Virginia and Boone, North Carolina just across the Virginia and North Carolina state borders from Northeast Tennessee. The airport is governed by the Tri-Cities Airport Commission (TCAC) and owned by the cities of Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol (TN), Bristol (VA) and both Washington County and Sullivan County in Northeast Tennessee.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 202,730 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 217,783 enplanements in 2009, and 202,114 in 2010. This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).
In the mid-1930s, Johnson City’s airfield as well as Kingsport’s airstrip were deemed not practical for expansion. The cities of Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport cooperated with Sullivan County to build a regional airport on a 323-acre site in Sullivan County, at the geographic center of the three cities. In September 1937, two small runways, a terminal building, and aircraft hangar had been constructed and the airport landed its first commercial aircraft, an American Airlines Douglas DC-2. On November 5, 1937, McKellar Field, now known as Tri-Cities Regional Airport TN/VA, was dedicated by Senator Kenneth McKellar.
In April 2012, the Tri-Cities Regional Airport broke ground on a $10 million construction project that would lengthen a taxiway and relocate a road farther away from the airport which would open up 140 acres for future development.
Facilities and aircraft
Tri-Cities Regional Airport covers an area of 1,225 acres (496 ha) at an elevation of 1,519 feet (463 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 5/23 is 8,000 by 150 feet (2,438 x 46 m) with an asphalt surface; 9/27 is 4,442 by 150 feet (1,354 x 46 m) with an asphalt surface.
For the 12-month period ending March 31, 2011, the airport had 51,193 aircraft operations, an average of 140 per day: 71% general aviation, 26% air taxi, 1% scheduled commercial, and 1% military. At that time there were 69 aircraft based at this airport: 59% single-engine, 23% multi-engine, 16% jet, and 1% helicopter.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:
|Allegiant Air||Orlando-Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta|
|Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet||Atlanta|
|US Airways Express operated by Air Wisconsin||Charlotte|
|US Airways Express operated by Mesa Airlines||Charlotte|
|US Airways Express operated by Piedmont Airlines||Charlotte|
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|1||Atlanta, GA||Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)||107,410|
|2||Charlotte, NC||Charlotte/Douglas International (CLT)||63,440|
|3||Sanford, FL||Orlando-Sanford International (SFB)||16,350|
|4||St. Petersburg, FL||St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE)||14,540|
- FAA Airport Master Record for TRI ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 2August 25, 2011.
- "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.
- Tri-Cities Regional Airport History, triflight.com accessed on September 15, 2012
- , tailwindconcessions.com accessed on September 15, 2012
- Tri-Cities Regional Airport Fast Facts, triflight.com accessed on September 15, 2012
- Airport breaks ground on largest project ever, tricities.com dated April 5, 2012
- "Bristol/Johnson City/Kingsport, TN: Tri-Cities Regional TN/VA (TRI)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. April 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
- Tri-Cities Regional Airport, official website
- Tri-Cities Reg. TN/VA - TRI at Tennessee DOT Airport Directory
- Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association
- Aerial image as of March 1997 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective November 14, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for TRI, effective November 14, 2013
- Resources for this airport: