Arcata-Eureka Airport

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Arcata-Eureka Airport
Arcata-Eureka Airport digram.png
Airport type Public
Owner Humboldt County
Serves Arcata, California and Eureka, California
Location McKinleyville, California
Elevation AMSL 222 ft / 68 m
Coordinates 40°58′40″N 124°06′30″W / 40.97778°N 124.10833°W / 40.97778; -124.10833Coordinates: 40°58′40″N 124°06′30″W / 40.97778°N 124.10833°W / 40.97778; -124.10833
ACV is located in California
Location in California
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 6,046 1,843 Asphalt
1/19 4,501 1,372 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 48,164
Based aircraft 11
Sources: FAA,[1] Humboldt County[2]

Arcata-Eureka Airport[2] (IATA: ACV[3]ICAO: KACVFAA LID: ACV) (Arcata Airport) is in Humboldt County, California, 8 miles (13 km) north of Arcata and 15 miles (24 km) north of Eureka, in McKinleyville, California.[1]

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport.[4] The airport is a federally designated port of entry for civil aircraft arriving in the United States.[5] The airport is the site of the command center for and primary facilities of the United States Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay, which provides rescue and law enforcement for the region north of the San Francisco Bay Area.


The airport was built by the United States Navy during World War II to test defogging systems.[6] It operated in support of the Naval Air Station Alameda as the Arcata Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS)[7] and was headquarters for the Eureka section of naval local defense forces for the 12th Naval District.[8]

In December 1947 a Southwest Airways Douglas DC-3 flying into the airport made the world's first blind landing by a scheduled commercial airliner using Ground-Controlled Approach (GCA) radar, Instrument Landing System (ILS) and Fog Investigation and Dispersal Operation (FIDO) oil-burning units adjacent to the runway.[9] By the following year the airline had made 1,200 routine instrument landings at the often fog-shrouded airport.


Arcata Airport covers 745 acres (301 ha) at an elevation of 222 feet (68 m). It has two asphalt runways: 14/32 is 6,046 by 150 feet (1,843 by 46 m) and 1/19 is 4,501 by 150 feet (1,372 by 46 m).[1]

The airport is under the jurisdiction of the California Coastal Commission and major changes to the airport such as rezoning or fencing in the airport require its approval.[10]

The approach path for runway 32 passes over Central Avenue. The strobe lights that direct planes onto the runway were a hazard for drivers due to glare, more noticeable during wet weather when the strobes' intensity increased and the roadways reflected the blinking lights. Baffles were installed on the strobes which block the lights from shining on the road while still giving visual guidance for aircraft.[11]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
PenAir Portland (OR) (begins April 21, 2016)[12]
United Express San Francisco

Scheduled flights are operated by SkyWest Airlines flying as United Express with E-175 Mainline jets. Prior SkyWest/United Express service utilized Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprops.[13]

Past airline service[edit]

ACV was served by Eureka Aero (mid-1970s) (Eureka, Crescent City), Air Oregon (early 1980s) (San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland, OR, Medford, OR, Eugene, OR, North Bend, OR), American Eagle (San Jose), Pacific Air Lines and predecessor Southwest Airways (San Francisco), Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) (San Francisco), Horizon Air (from 1994-2011) (Redding, Portland, Los Angeles and briefly Seattle), Delta Connection (2009–2010) operated by SkyWest Airlines (Salt Lake City), Hughes Airwest and predecessor Air West (Crescent City, Medford, San Francisco, Eugene, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle); Republic Airlines (1979–1986) (San Francisco); United Airlines (San Francisco), WestAir operating as United Express (San Francisco), and Arcata Flying Service (early 1980s) (Redding, Portland, and Oakland).[14]

Past jet service[edit]

  • Hughes Airwest (previously Air West) flew Douglas DC-9-10s and McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30s nonstop to San Francisco and direct to Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tucson, Portland, OR and Seattle. At one point, Hughes Airwest operated direct, no change of plane DC-9 jet service from ACV to Mazatlan and Guadalajara in Mexico via San Francisco, Los Angeles and Tucson.[15]

Pacific Air Lines operated the first jet service into ACV with Boeing 727-100s during the late 1960s. Pacific also served ACV with Fairchild F-27 turboprops.

Current airline service[edit]

As of May 2015 SkyWest Airlines flying as United Express operates the only scheduled service from ACV with flights 3 or 4 flights per day to SFO using a mix of Canadair CRJ-200 and CRJ-700 regional jet aircraft. Skywest became an all-jet air carrier following the retirement of their Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprop fleet in the spring 2015.[16] The airport is currently seeking to attract an additional airline serving new destinations to the airport.[17]


Carrier shares: May 2012 – April 2013[18]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
SkyWest Airlines
Top domestic destinations: May 2012 – April 2013[18]
Rank City Airport Passengers
1 San Francisco San Francisco International Airport (SFO) 51,210
2 Sacramento Sacramento International Airport (SMF) 8,280
3 Crescent City Del Norte County Airport-Jack McNamara Field (CEC) 1,330

In 2005 the airport served 102,000 arriving commercial passengers and 104,000 departing on 4,370 departing flights. Horizon carried 66.29% of the passengers with United carrying the rest. The airport shipped 457,000 pounds (207,000 kg) of cargo.

In 2008, the airport had 106,637 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[19] 102,440 in 2009 and 93,402 in 2010.[20]

In the 12 months ending May 31, 2011 the airport had 48,164 aircraft operations, average 131 per day: 53.5% military, 22% general aviation, 20% air taxi, and 4.5% scheduled airline. Eleven aircraft were then based at this airport: 36% multi-engine, 27% single-engine, 27% military, and 9% jet.[1]

Ground transportation[edit]

Other local airports[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for ACV (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective June 27, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Arcata/Eureka Airport". Humboldt County. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (ACV: Arcata)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Section 6. United States Customs Service Airports". September 4, 2000. Retrieved December 11, 2006. 
  6. ^ "Senate Joint Resolution No. 12" (PDF). California State Senate. 1997. Retrieved December 11, 2006. 
  7. ^ "California State Military Museum". M.L.Shettle. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Naval Activities World War II by State". Patrick Clancey. Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Small-Town Big-Timer". Time magazine. October 18, 1948. Retrieved August 14, 2009. 
  10. ^ "California Coastal Commission March 2002 Meeting Agenda". California Coastal Commission. March 5, 2002. Archived from the original on December 7, 2006. Retrieved December 11, 2006. 
  11. ^ Patterson, James W., Jr. (August 2005). "Design and Installation of Flasher Baffles at the Arcata/Eureka Airport" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration Office of Aviation Research. Retrieved December 11, 2006. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Arcata/Eureka (ACV) Airport Fact Sheet". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. 2006. Retrieved December 11, 2006. 
  14. ^ "Aviation / Airports". County of Humboldt. 2005. Retrieved July 7, 2008. 
  15. ^, Oct. 26, 1975 Hughes Airwest timetable
  16. ^, Media Room, Press Releases, 11/17/2014 - SkyWest Inc. Announces Fleet and Contract Updates
  17. ^ "Home". Fly Humboldt. 
  18. ^ a b "Arcata/Eureka, CA: Arcata (ACV)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. April 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 

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