Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport
|Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport|
|IATA: AVP – ICAO: KAVP – FAA LID: AVP
|Owner/Operator||Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties|
|Elevation AMSL||962 ft / 293 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (IATA: AVP, ICAO: KAVP, FAA LID: AVP) is in Avoca, Pennsylvania, near the border of Luzerne County and Lackawanna County, midway between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. It is the fifth largest airport in Pennsylvania measured by passenger boarding and calls itself "your gateway to Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Pocono Mountains".
The airport has had cargo flights to Canada, which was enough to be granted "international" status in 1975. The airport has been allowed to keep "international" in its name since it has a full-time U.S. Customs office and international landing rights.
American Airlines pulled out in 1964 and TWA left in 1965-66, but Eastern remained until 1991 and a regional affiliate replaced US Airways around 2004-5.
Besides regional airline flights, the airport has had many celebrity visitors. Air Force One has landed with Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama for fundraisers and campaign trips throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. A charter plane carrying Hillary Clinton used the airport during her presidential campaign in 2008. In August 2013, Obama and Scranton native Vice President Joe Biden visited the region and after their campaign event Air Force One and Air Force Two departed.
A project completed in late 2011 was the new control tower and Tracon facility. The old tower had a blocked view of the second runway because of the new terminal and was scheduled to be replaced anyway. The project cost $18.8 million funded by the federal stimulus package. The tower opened on August 29, 2012, with all 25 current controllers staying on to work in the new facility.
The airport covers 905 acres (366 ha) and has two asphalt runways:
- 4/22 7,501 × 150 ft (2,286 × 46 m)
- 10/28 4,300 × 150 ft (1,311 × 46 m).
General aviation is serviced by the fixed base operator (FBO) Aviation Technologies.
Airlines and destinations
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta (begins May 2, 2014; ends May 31, 2014)|
|Delta Connection operated by Endeavor Air||Detroit|
|Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet||Atlanta|
|United Express operated by CommutAir||Newark|
|United Express operated by ExpressJet||Chicago-O'Hare|
|US Airways Express operated by Air Wisconsin||Philadelphia|
|US Airways Express operated by Mesa Airlines||Charlotte|
|US Airways Express operated by Piedmont Airlines||Philadelphia|
|US Airways Express operated by PSA Airlines||Charlotte|
|1||Philadelphia, PA||47,560||US Airways|
|2||Charlotte, NC||43,720||US Airways|
|4||Chicago, IL (ORD)||26,520||United|
- FAA Airport Master Record for AVP ( PDF), effective 2007-07-05
- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport website
- HNTB - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport
- Merger May Help Airport Boost Service timesleader. com
- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (official site)
- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport at Pennsylvania DOT Bureau of Aviation
- (PDF), effective March 6, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for AVP, effective March 6, 2014
- Resources for this airport: