Williamson County Regional Airport

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Williamson County Regional Airport
IATA: MWAICAO: KMWAFAA LID: MWA
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Williamson County Airport Authority
Serves Marion, Illinois
Elevation AMSL 472 ft / 144 m
Coordinates 37°45′18″N 089°00′40″W / 37.75500°N 89.01111°W / 37.75500; -89.01111Coordinates: 37°45′18″N 089°00′40″W / 37.75500°N 89.01111°W / 37.75500; -89.01111
Map
MWA is located in Illinois
MWA
MWA
Location in Illinois
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2/20 8,002 2,439 Asphalt
11/29 4,997 1,523 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations 25,415
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Williamson County Regional Airport (IATA: MWAICAO: KMWAFAA LID: MWA) is five miles west of Marion, in Williamson County, Illinois. The airport is owned by the Williamson County Airport Authority.[1] It sees one airline, subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.

Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 3,631 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[2] 3,399 in 2009 and 8,047 in 2010.[3] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport (between 2,500 and 10,000 enplanements per year).[4]

Facilities[edit]

The airport covers 1,300 acres (526 ha) at an elevation of 472 feet (144 m). It has two runways: 2/20 is 8,002 by 150 feet (2,439 x 46 m) asphalt; 11/29 is 4,997 by 100 feet (1,523 x 30 m) asphalt/concrete.[1]

In 2010 the airport had 25,415 aircraft operations, average 69 per day: 76% general aviation, 22% air taxi, and 2% military.[1]

It has one FBO, Aeroflite, located at the base of the control tower on the general aviation ramp. Aeroflite offers flight training, 100LL and Jet A fuel, charter service, a courtesy car and rental cars. Currently Aeroflite has three rental aircraft, a Cessna 150 (N50475), a Cessna 172 (N7573G), and a Piper Warrior II (N2875X). Aeroflite charter flights use a Piper Navajo Chieftain.

Airline and destination[edit]

Scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
Cape Air St. Louis

On November 6, 2006 Mesa Airlines announced that new service to Chicago Midway International Airport would begin in February 2007 operated by subsidiary Air Midwest, with service to Decatur Airport in Decatur, Illinois, and continuing to Chicago Midway International Airport direct. Nine months after starting the service Mesa announced they would end all service from Marion on November 9, 2007.

On October 23, 2007, Allegiant Air announced new service to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada. Service was to start on February 1, 2008, and be 2x weekly, however Allegiant dropped the plan on November 9, 2007, citing high fuel prices.[5]

Essential Air Service service was previously operated by Great Lakes Airlines.

Incidents[edit]

References[edit]

Other sources[edit]

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2000-7881) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Order 2005-6-14: reselecting RegionsAir, Inc. d/b/a American Connection, formerly known as Corporate Airlines, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at each of the above communities (Burlington, IA; Cape Girardeau, MO; Ft. Leonard Wood, MO; Jackson, TN; Marion/Herrin, IL; Owensboro, KY; Kirksville, MO) for a new two-year period from June 1, 2005, through May 31, 2007, for a combined annual subsidy of $7,306,249. Also by this order, the Department is terminating the show-cause proceeding tentatively terminating subsidy at Kirksville, Missouri, as RegionsAir's selected proposal is below the $200-per-passenger cap.
    • Order 2007-3-5: selecting Big Sky Transportation Co., d/b/a Big Sky Airlines, and Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at the above communities (Burlington, IA; Cape Girardeau, MO; Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Jackson, TN; Marion/Herrin, IL, Owensboro, KY) for the two-year period from June 1, 2007, through May 31, 2009, using 19-seat Beech 1900D turboprop aircraft as follows: Big Sky at Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and Owensboro for a combined annual subsidy of $3,247,440; and Great Lakes at Burlington, Fort Leonard Wood, and Marion/Herrin for a combined annual subsidy of $2,590,461.
    • Order 2009-10-13: selecting Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Marion/Herrin, Quincy, and Cape Girardeau, for a two-year period beginning when Cape Air inaugurates full EAS at each of the three communities and ending at the close of the 24th month thereafter, at a combined annual subsidy rate of $5,469,768 ($2,053,783 for Marion/Herrin, $1,946,270 for Quincy, and $1,469,715 for Cape Girardeau). The Department is selecting Multi-Aero, Inc. d/b/a Air Choice One to provide subsidized EAS at Decatur, Illinois, and Burlington, Iowa, for a two-year period beginning when it inaugurates full EAS and ending at the close of the 24th month thereafter, at a combined annual subsidy of $5,253,644 ($3,082,403 for Decatur and $2,171,241 for Burlington). The Department is selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. (Great Lakes) to provide subsidized EAS at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, for the two-year period from November 1, 2009, through October 31, 2011, at an annual subsidy of $1,292,906.
    • Order 2011-4-12: re-selecting Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air, to provide essential air service (EAS) at Marion/Herrin, Illinois (Marion) and Quincy, Illinois/Hannibal, Missouri (Quincy), and Cape Girardeau/Sikeston, Missouri (Cape Girardeau), for the four-year period from December 1, 2011, through November 30, 2015, for a combined annual subsidy rate of $5,689,438 ($2,104,616 for Marion, $1,956,856 for Quincy, and $1,627,966 for Cape Girardeau). Marion and Quincy will receive 36 weekly round trips and Cape Girardeau will receive 24 weekly round trips. All service will operate nonstop to/from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (St. Louis) using eight- or nine-passenger Cessna 402 aircraft.

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