Waterloo Regional Airport
|Waterloo Regional Airport (Livingston Betsworth Field)|
|IATA: ALO – ICAO: KALO – FAA LID: ALO
|Operator||City of Waterloo|
|Elevation AMSL||873 ft / 266 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Waterloo Regional Airport (Livingston Betsworth Field) (IATA: ALO, ICAO: KALO, FAA LID: ALO) is a city-owned public airport four miles (6 km) northwest of Waterloo, in Black Hawk County, Iowa. It sees one scheduled airline.
The airport has two gates and one jet bridge. Delta Air Lines (formerly Northwest) was the airport's only carrier for several years with flights to Minneapolis-Saint Paul. In late 2011, Delta Airlines said they would end service to Waterloo and immediately submitted an Essential Air Service proposal to continue flying to Waterloo with government subsidies. As part of the EAS process, the Department of Transportation opened up the airport to a bidding process with other carriers. American Airlines submitted a proposal to start service between Waterloo and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on their regional carrier, American Eagle. American sent representatives to Waterloo to present to the Chamber of Commerce and a straw poll of area businesses showed local companies favored service to Chicago over Minneapolis. American said they plan to only need the EAS subsidy for two years, when they believe that service will be self-sustaining. The Waterloo city council sent a recommendation to the DOT that American be awarded the contract and on December 8 DOT awarded American Eagle the contract. The airport will initially get flights twice daily.
Airline flights to Waterloo started in 1946-47 on Mid-Continent; successor Braniff left in 1967. Ozark arrived in 1955 and started DC9 flights in 1966 (runway 12/30 was extended from 5400 to 6500 feet around that time). The April 1970 Ozark timetable shows a nonstop to Washington Dulles, continuing to LGA-- must have been short lived. Successor TWA's DC-9s disappeared in late 1987-early 1988. Several big-airline prop affiliates flew to Waterloo in the 1980s and 1990s, including American Eagle, United Express, Trans World Express, Midway Connection, and Air Midwest ("Eastern Express"). In 1988 nonstop prop flights reached ORD, STL, MCI, MSP and several closer cities.
Under its founding manager, Walter Betsworth, Waterloo Municipal Airport expanded from a WWII training airstrip to a flourishing regional airport. After Betsworth's death in 1979 the airport was named The Livingston Betsworth Field, honoring Walter Betsworth and noted Iowa flying ace Jonathan Livingston. Competition from nearby airports, especially The Eastern Iowa airport in Cedar Rapids eventually forced most airlines to drop Waterloo. Northwest Airlines had the only mainline jets from Waterloo, DC-9s, until Delta, began service to Minneapolis-Saint Paul. In 2012 Waterloo Regional Airport is served by American Eagle, a regional affiliate of American Airlines, with 2 round trips daily to Chicago. 
Northwest Flight 335 landed without incident at the Waterloo Regional Airport on June 2, 2009, about an hour into its flight from Detroit to Los Angeles with 182 passengers and a flight crew of eight. No injuries were reported. The flight crew diverted the aircraft to Waterloo as a precaution after reporting a "smoky odor" in the cabin.
Northwest flew mechanics to Waterloo to inspect the Boeing 757 and arranged for an extra flight for the stranded passengers .
Facilities and aircraft
Waterloo Regional Airport covers 2,583 acres (1,045 ha) and has three asphalt runways: 12/30 is 8,400 x 150 ft (2,560 x 46 m), 18/36 is 6,002 x 150 ft (1,829 x 46 m) and 6/24 is 5,403 x 129 ft (1,647 x 39 m).
In the year ending October 31, 2006 the airport had 46,833 aircraft operations, average 128 per day: 66% general aviation, 13% military, 11% scheduled commercial and 10% air taxi. 94 aircraft were then based at this airport: 79% single-engine, 9% multi-engine, 3% jet and 10% military.
Airlines and destinations
- FAA Airport Master Record for ALO ( PDF), effective 2007-12-20
- Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, April 8, 2012, http://wcfcourier.com/news/opinion/editorial/airport-on-the-right-track/article_67cbdc92-7ff5-11e1-a5a1-0019bb2963f4.html
- Waterloo Regional Airport, official site
- (PDF), effective April 3, 2014
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