Arcata–Eureka Airport

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California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County Airport
ACV Eureka-Arcata Airport Entrance.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerHumboldt County
ServesHumboldt County, California
LocationMcKinleyville, California
Elevation AMSL222 ft / 68 m
Coordinates40°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
ACV is located in the United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 6,046 1,843 Asphalt
01/19 4,501 1,372 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations48,164
Based aircraft11
Sources: FAA,[1] Humboldt County[2]

California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County Airport[2] (IATA: ACV[3], ICAO: KACV, FAA LID: ACV), also known as Arcata–Eureka Airport and Arcata Airport, is in Humboldt County, California, United States, 8 miles (13 km) north of Arcata and 15 miles (24 km) north of Eureka, in McKinleyville.[1]

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a Nonhub 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][9]

In December 1947 a Southwest Airways Douglas DC-3 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-burners next to the runway.[10] By the following year the airline had made 1,200 routine instrument landings at the often fog-shrouded airport.


The 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 01/19 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.[11]

The approach path for runway 32 passes over Central Avenue. The glare of the strobe lights that direct planes to the runway were a hazard for drivers, especially during rain when the strobes' intensity increased and the road reflected the blinking lights. Baffles were installed on the strobes which block the lights from shining on the road while still guiding aircraft.[12]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Avelo Airlines Burbank
United Express Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco


In the year period ending May 31, 2019 the airport had 42,174 aircraft operations, average 116 per day: 61% military, 25% general aviation, and 14% airline.[13] 24 aircraft at the time were based at the airport: 18 single-engine, 3 multi-engine, and 3 helicopters.[13]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest routes from KACV
September 2020 - August 2021[14]
Rank City Passengers Airline
1 San Francisco, California 28,800 United Express
2 Los Angeles, California 12,590 United Express
3 Burbank, California 8,260 Avelo Airlines
4 Denver, Colorado 5,740 United Express
5 Phoenix-Sky Harbor 4,960 American Eagle

Current airline service[edit]

Scheduled flights are currently operated by SkyWest Airlines flying as United Express on a code sharing basis on behalf of United Airlines with three or four nonstop flights per day to SFO on Canadair CRJ-200 and Embraer 175 regional jets as well one nonstop flight per day to LAX.

SkyWest Airlines also currently operates American Eagle service from the airport via a code sharing agreement on behalf of American Airlines with nonstop flights to the American hub in Phoenix (PHX) operated with Canadair CRJ-700 regional jets.[15] The service started June 3rd, 2021 and ended August 15, 2022.

Daily nonstop service to Denver International Airport (DEN) began on June 7, 2019.

Service has increased significantly since 2015, with five new destinations (LAX, DEN, BUR, PHX, LAS), and passenger departures have increased 56%.[14]

On May 19, 2021, new nonstop scheduled passenger service to Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) operated by Avelo Airlines was initiated with Boeing 737-800 mainline jetliners which are currently the largest aircraft type serving the airport.[16] Avelo added service to Las Vegas in November 2021. The Service ended in May 2022.

On November 9, 2021, new nonstop scheduled service to Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) operated by Aha! Airlines was initiated with Embrear 145s. Aha! ended service to Reno on March 30, 2022.

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 to 2011) (Redding, Portland, Los Angeles and briefly Seattle), Delta Connection (2008–2010) 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 and other destinations); United Airlines (San Francisco), WestAir operating as United Express (San Francisco), and Arcata Flying Service (early 1980s) (Redding, Portland, and Oakland).[17] In 2016 and part of 2017, PenAir offered service to Portland International (PDX) and Redding (RDD) with 30 passenger Saab 340Bs.[18]

Past jet service[edit]

The first jets scheduled to ACV were Pacific Air Lines Boeing 727-100s in 1967; Pacific also served ACV with Fairchild F-27 turboprops.

Ground transportation[edit]

Other local airports[edit]


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Form 5010 for ACV 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). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on 2012-09-27.
  5. ^ "Section 6. United States Customs Service Airports". September 4, 2000. Archived from the original on February 5, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2006.
  6. ^ "Senate Joint Resolution No. 12" (PDF). California State Senate. 1997. Retrieved December 11, 2006.[permanent dead link]
  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. ^ Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields. Naval Auxiliary Air Station, Arcata
  10. ^ "Small-Town Big-Timer". Time magazine. October 18, 1948. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ 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. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 26, 2006. Retrieved December 11, 2006.
  13. ^ a b "Facility Dashboard - ACV". Retrieved 2021-11-30.
  14. ^ a b "RITA | BTS | Transtats". Retrieved 2021-11-30.
  15. ^ "ACV California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport (ACV/KACV)".
  16. ^ "Home".
  17. ^ "Aviation / Airports". County of Humboldt. 2005. Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  18. ^ "UPDATE: PenAir Dropping Humboldt Route, Effective Monday".
  19. ^, Oct. 26, 1975 Hughes Airwest timetable
  20. ^, Digital Archive, Timetables, July 1, 1968 & Oct. 27, 1968 Air West system timetables
  21. ^ "ACV81intro".
  22. ^, Digital Archive, Timetables, Dec. 1, 1980 & July 1, 1983 Republic Airlines system timetables
  23. ^ "Redwood Transit System". Retrieved March 29, 2020.

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