Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport
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IATA: AVPICAO: KAVPFAA LID: AVP
AVP is located in Pennsylvania
AVP
AVP
Location of airport in Pennsylvania
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties
Serves Wilkes-BarreScranton
Location Avoca, Pennsylvania (Runway partly in Moosic, Pennsylvania)
Elevation AMSL 962 ft / 293 m
Coordinates 41°20′18″N 075°43′24″W / 41.33833°N 75.72333°W / 41.33833; -75.72333
Website www.FlyAVP.com
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 7,501 2,286 Asphalt
10/28 4,300 1,311 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft operations 38,841
Based aircraft 42
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (IATA: AVPICAO: KAVPFAA LID: AVP) is in Avoca, Pennsylvania, near the border of Luzerne County and Lackawanna County. It is located exactly 4 miles away from Scranton and 6 miles away from Wilkes-Barre. It is the fifth largest airport in Pennsylvania measured by passenger boarding and calls itself "your gateway to Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Pocono Mountains". This is the primary airport of Northeast PA and of the Wyoming Valley (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Area). The secondary airport of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Area is the Wilkes-Barre Wyoming Valley Airport in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania which is a much smaller airport.[2]

History[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] A charter plane carrying Hillary Clinton used the airport during her presidential campaign in 2008.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

In May 2006 the airport completed an $80 million new terminal and garage. The terminal, designed by HNTB, had jetways, a larger waiting area, more gates and a shopping and dining area.[3]

A new control tower and TRACON facility opened on August 29, 2012 and was paid for with $18.8 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[citation needed] The old tower's view of the second runway had been blocked due to the construction of a the new terminal.[citation needed] All 25 controllers stayed on to work in the new facility.[4]

The airport is referenced in the 1990 film Home Alone and in The Office.[citation needed]

Facilities[edit]

Terminal buildings as seen from the air

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).[1]

General aviation is serviced by the fixed base operator (FBO) Aviation Technologies.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

A Continental Connection plane at the new terminal
Airlines Destinations
Allegiant Air Orlando/Sanford
Delta Air Lines Atlanta[5]
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit
United Express Chicago-O'Hare, Newark
US Airways Express Charlotte, Philadelphia

Flight routes[edit]

All Routes Out of Wilkes Barre/Scranton Airport
(Jun 2013 – May 2014) [6]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Philadelphia, PA 51,720 US Airways
2 Charlotte, NC 42,760 US Airways
3 Detroit, MI 36,910 Delta
4 Atlanta, GA 23,200 Delta
5 Chicago, IL (ORD) 22,690 United
6 Newark, NJ 18,120 United
7 Orlando/Sanford, FL 13,730 Allegiant

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