Williamsport Regional Airport
|Williamsport Regional Airport|
|IATA: IPT – ICAO: KIPT – FAA LID: IPT|
|Owner||Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||528 ft / 161 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Williamsport Regional Airport (IATA: IPT, ICAO: KIPT, FAA LID: IPT) is a public use towered airport located four nautical miles (5 mi, 7 km) east of the central business district of Williamsport, a city in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is owned by the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority. IPT is actually located closer to Montoursville, at the foot of the northern end of the Bald Eagle Mountain ridge, along the West Branch Susquehanna River, in the West Branch Susquehanna Valley.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 23,901 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 19,834 enplanements in 2009, and 22,519 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).
Facilities and aircraft
Williamsport Regional Airport covers an area of 535 acres (217 ha) at an elevation of 528 feet (161 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways with asphalt surfaces: 9/27 is 6,824 by 150 feet (2,080 x 46 m) and 12/30 is 4,273 by 150 feet (1,302 x 46 m).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2010, the airport had 27,017 aircraft operations, an average of 74 per day: 78% general aviation, 20% scheduled commercial, and 2% military. At that time there were 37 aircraft based at this airport: 60% single-engine, 30% multi-engine, 5% jet, and 5% helicopter.
Airline and destination
The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:
|US Airways Express operated by Piedmont Airlines||Philadelphia|
The airport used to have almost 23 flights a day to every major city in the Northeast United States, and to the major midwest cities of Pittsburgh, and Cleveland. These flights included jet service with British Aircraft Corp. BAC One-Eleven and Douglas DC-9-30 jet aircraft operated by Allegheny Airlines before this air carrier changed its name to US Air. Scheduled airline flights were progressively reduced in the 1980s, 1990s, and in 2004 cutting from 10 to 5 flights a day when US Airways cut flights to Pittsburgh International Airport. Today, US Airways Express operated by Piedmont Airlines operates 3 flights a day to Philadelphia International Airport.
The Williamsport Regional Association of Pilots holds a Fly-In every June.
The Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority announced the terminal building will be replaced with a building twice the size of the current facility. There are also plans for a new air traffic control tower. Airport officials said the project will cost around $13 million, and they are in the process of securing state and federal grant money. The new terminal is expected to be open by the end of 2013.
- On April 25, 1993, Thomas L. Knauff set an FAI world record flying a glider on an out-and-return course of 1,646.68 km (1,023.20 mi), releasing from tow over this airport, then flying along the Appalachian Mountains to Corryton, Tennessee, and returning for a landing 10 hours later. This world record stood for almost 20 years, and was only recently broken in Argentina, but still stands as a U.S. national record.
- FAA Airport Master Record for IPT ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (IPT: Williamsport / Lycoming County)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved December 11, 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.
- Williamsport Regional Airport, official web site
- Williamsport Regional Airport at Pennsylvania DOT Bureau of Aviation
- Williamsport Regional Association of Pilots
- Aerial image as of April 1993 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective December 12, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for IPT, effective December 12, 2013
- Resources for this airport: