Tri-State Airport

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Tri-State Airport
Milton J. Ferguson Field
Tri-State Airport logo.png
Tri-State Airport - USGS 14 March 1995.jpg
USGS aerial image, 1995
Airport type Public
Owner Tri-State Airport Authority
Serves Huntington, West Virginia
Elevation AMSL 828 ft / 252 m
Coordinates 38°22′01″N 082°33′31″W / 38.36694°N 82.55861°W / 38.36694; -82.55861Coordinates: 38°22′01″N 082°33′31″W / 38.36694°N 82.55861°W / 38.36694; -82.55861
HTS is located in West Virginia
Location of airport in West Virginia
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 7,017 2,139 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Aircraft operations 14,731
Based aircraft 42

Tri-State Airport (IATA: HTSICAO: KHTSFAA LID: HTS) (Milton J. Ferguson Field) is a public airport in Wayne County, West Virginia, United States.[1] The airport is three miles south of Huntington, West Virginia,[1] near the cities of Ceredo and Kenova. Owned by the Tri-State Airport Authority,[1] it serves the cities of Huntington, Ashland, Kentucky, and Ironton, Ohio. It has heavy use for general aviation, and after the withdrawal of Delta Airlines in June 2012, is down to two commercial airlines, one of which provides nationwide connecting service.

Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 115,263 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2010, 10.9% more than 2009.[2] This airport is in the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which called it a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[3]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

The airport covers 1,300 acres (526 ha) at an elevation of 828 feet (252 m) above mean sea level. It has one asphalt runway, 12/30, 7,017 by 150 feet (2,139 x 46 m).[1]

In 2010 the airport had 13,306 aircraft operations, average 36 per day: 68% general aviation, 24% air taxi, 4% scheduled commercial, and 4% military. 45 aircraft were then based at this airport: 69% single-engine, 18% multi-engine, 11% jet, and 2% helicopter.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Allegiant Air Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda/Ft. Myers,[4] St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Myrtle Beach
US Airways Express Charlotte

Top destinations[edit]

Top domestic destinations out of HTS (April 2013 - March 2014) [5]
Rank City Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Charlotte, NC CLT 36,010 US Airways
2 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL PIE 22,980 Allegiant
3 Orlando/Sanford, FL SFB 22,530 Allegiant
4 Myrtle Beach, SC MYR 8,390 Allegiant
5 Fort Lauderdale, FL FLL 3,310 Allegiant


  • On the morning of August 5, 1987 a Piedmont Airlines Boeing 737-200 on a regularly scheduled flight struck deer after reaching V1 during the takeoff roll. One engine sustained damage and subsequently flamed out, and the aircraft immediately returned to the airport.[citation needed]
  • On June 16, 1994, a Fokker F28-4000 operated by USAir suffered a hard landing after which the right main landing gear collapsed. The jet slid to a stop causing significant damage to the aircraft and the runway. There were minor injuries during the landing and evacuation. The aircraft was repaired after several weeks at Tri-State and re-entered service later that year.[citation needed]
  • On January 8, 2003, Air Midwest Flight 5481 operating as US Airways Express Flight 5481 (N233YV), crashed at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, killing all 21 aboard. It was determined that the accident was caused primarily by the faulty adjustment of an elevator cable - work that was performed just 2 days earlier at a facility at Tri-State Airport - by a mechanic that had never worked on that type of aircraft.[7]
  • On August 17, 2006, Rima Qayyum, a woman of Pakistani origin residing within the US, was prevented from boarding a plane when it was found she had banned materials in her hand luggage. While these initially tested positive for explosive residue, subsequent analysis revealed that the liquids were harmless.[8] Later testing revealed that it was just water and soap [9] The woman had purchased a one-way ticket on a flight to Charlotte, North Carolina.[10] In 2008, Qayyum filed a federal lawsuit against US Airways for violating her civil rights.[11]
  • On January 30, 2009, a Piper PA-34-200T Seneca crashed in the vicinity of KHTS during a significant snow event. The pilot was attempting to divert to KHTS due to a fuel emergency. All six aboard were killed.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e f FAA Airport Master Record for HTS (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 31 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Primary, Non-primary Commercial Service, and General Aviation Airports (by State)" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). 2011–2015 National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Tri-State/Milton J. Ferguson Field (HTS)". Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. May 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Crash of Southern Airways Flight 932". 
  7. ^ "Poor Maintenance Cited as Primary Cause of Air Midwest Crash". Air Safety Week. March 1, 2004. 
  8. ^ "No bomb found in US airport alert". BBC. August 18, 2006. 
  9. ^ "Bottles leading to airport closure held water, soap". Charleston Daily Mail. August 25, 2006. 
  10. ^ "No explosives in US airport alert". BBC. August 18, 2006. 
  11. ^ "Lawsuit filed in 2006 airport evacuation". Huntington Herald-Dispatch. September 4, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Crash victims possibly from Chicago". Huntington Herald-Dispatch. February 1, 2009. 

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