Watertown International Airport
|Watertown International Airport|
|IATA: ART – ICAO: KART – FAA LID: ART|
|Owner||County of Jefferson|
|Serves||Watertown, New York|
|Elevation AMSL||328 ft / 100 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Watertown International Airport (IATA: ART, ICAO: KART, FAA LID: ART) is a county owned, public use airport located in Jefferson County, New York, United States. It is located five nautical miles (6 mi, 9 km) west of the central business district of Watertown. The airport is mostly used for general aviation, but has scheduled passenger service provided by one commercial airline and subsidized by the Essential Air Service program. The airport does not provide any scheduled international passenger flights, but is available as an international port of entry for private aircraft on two hours advance notice to customs from pilots.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 524 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 2,145 enplanements in 2009, and 2,203 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation airport (the commercial service category requires at least 2,500 enplanements per year).
Facilities and aircraft
The Watertown International Airport covers an area of 1,060 acres (429 ha) at an elevation of 328 feet (100 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 10/28 is 5,999 by 150 feet (1,828 x 46 m) and 7/25 is 4,999 by 150 feet (1,524 x 46 m).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2010, the airport had 50,463 aircraft operations, an average of 138 per day: 67% general aviation, 28% military, and 4% air taxi. At that time there were 27 aircraft based at this airport: 78% single-engine, 15% multi-engine, 4% jet, and 4% helicopter.
Watertown International Airport's first scheduled jet service is operated by American Eagle Airlines, which flies 44 passenger Embraer ERJ 140 regional jets. Service was initially planned to begin in June 2011, however an environmental impact assessment had to first be completed to ensure that neither residents of nearby Dexter nor wildlife would be adversely impacted by the new service. Additionally, renovation work of baggage systems and passenger waiting areas was necessary to accommodate the new service, which cost nearly one million dollars. Service began November 17, 2011.
Airline and destination
The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:
|American Eagle operated by Envoy||Chicago-O'Hare (ends May 7, 2014)|
|US Airways Express operated by Air Wisconsin||Seasonal: Philadelphia (begins May 8, 2014)|
|US Airways Express operated by Piedmont Airlines||Seasonal: Philadelphia (begins September 3, 2014)|
- FAA Airport Master Record for ART ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "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.
- "Watertown airport renovations under review". YNN.com. Retrieved July 7, 2011.
- "American Eagle to begin Watertown service". Watertown Daily Times. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-1997-2842) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2005-5-8: re-selecting Mesa Air Group, Inc., d/b/a Air Midwest, to continue providing essential air service (EAS) at Massena, Ogdensburg and Watertown, New York, for a two-year period, and establishes an annual subsidy of $1,757,834 for service consisting of three round trips each weekday and three over the weekend period between the communities and Pittsburgh, with 19-seat Beech 1900D aircraft.
- Order 2006-12-22: selecting Big Sky Transportation Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of MAIR Holdings, Inc. d/b/a Big Sky Airlines, to provide essential air service (EAS) at Massena, Ogdensburg, and Watertown, New York, consisting of 18 weekly round trips, three each weekday and three each weekend, to Boston, with 19-seat Beech 1900D turboprop aircraft for the two-year period beginning on or about March 1, 2007, at a combined annual subsidy of $2,097,906.
- Order 2008-3-15: selecting Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Massena, Ogdensburg, and Watertown, New York, for the two-year period beginning when the carrier inaugurates full EAS pursuant to this Order, at a total annual subsidy of $3,879,863.
- Order 2011-3-34: selecting American Eagle Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of AMR Corporation, to provide essential air service (EAS) at Watertown, New York, using 44-seat Embraer ERJ 140 aircraft for a two-year period beginning when it inaugurates full EAS, through the end of the 24th month thereafter, for an annual subsidy of $3,047,972.
- Watertown International Airport, official website
- PDF from New York State DOT
- Aerial image as of May 1994 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective March 6, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for ART, effective March 6, 2014
- Resources for this airport: