Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport
|Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport|
|IATA: AVP – ICAO: KAVP – FAA LID: AVP
|Owner/Operator||Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties|
|Location||Pittston Township, Pennsylvania|
|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, USA, near the border of Luzerne County and Lackawanna County, midway between the cities of Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. The airport advertises itself as "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 a full-time U.S. Customs office.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport is the fifth largest airport in Pennsylvania measured by passenger boarding.
Besides regional airline flights, the airport has had many special visitors over the past decade. 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.
Another project that was 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.
Facilities and aircraft
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International 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).
In 2006 the airport had 78,937 aircraft operations, an average of 216 per day: 71% general aviation, 28% scheduled commercial, 1% military and <1% air taxi. 30 aircraft are based at this airport: 60% single engine, 20% multi-engine, 13% jet aircraft and 7% helicopters.
General aviation on the field is serviced by the fixed base operator (FBO) Saker Aviation Services, formerly FirstFlight.
Airlines and destinations
|Delta Connection operated by Endeavor Air||Detroit|
|Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet||Atlanta|
|Delta Connection operated by Chautauqua Airlines||Detroit|
|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||52,450||US Airways|
|3||Charlotte, NC||41,550||US Airways|
|4||Chicago, IL (ORD)||26,600||United Airlines Express|
- FAA Airport Master Record for AVP ( PDF), effective 2007-07-05
- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport official 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 November 14, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for AVP, effective November 14, 2013
- Resources for this airport: