Arnold Palmer Regional Airport
|Arnold Palmer Regional Airport|
|Owner||Westmoreland County Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||1,199 ft / 365 m|
Arnold Palmer Regional Airport (IATA: LBE, ICAO: KLBE, FAA LID: LBE) is a public airport in the eastern United States, located in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, two miles (3 km) southwest of Latrobe and about 33 miles (53 km) southeast of Pittsburgh. It is owned by the Westmoreland County Airport Authority and was formerly "Westmoreland County Airport."
It was renamed in September 1999 for local golf icon Arnold Palmer, as part of his 70th birthday celebration. Palmer first learned to fly at the airport and the dedication ceremony included Governor Tom Ridge and a flyover of three A-10 aircraft of the state's air guard.
Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 18,946 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 15,482 in 2009 and 6,978 in 2010. It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.
The airport was served by Northwest Airlink, as a reliever for Pittsburgh International Airport on the other side of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. The airport also had regional service by US Airways to Pittsburgh International Airport, until the company's bankruptcy. Northwest/Delta ended its daily service to Detroit on July 31, 2009, due to low yields.
In February 2011, Spirit Airlines launched seasonal service to Fort Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach. In January 2012, Spirit announced they would start service to Orlando on May 17. The airline has incrementally grown passenger traffic and destinations every year since, and it currently serves the airport year-round. Spirit now serves 5 destinations from Arnold Palmer Regional Airport and has increased passenger traffic from 6,978 in 2010, to 355,910 in 2015.
Southern Airways Express had released a statement showing interest in operating a Pittsburgh to Latrobe flight. There is no official starting date.
Facilities and aircraft
The airport covers 945 acres (382 ha) at an elevation of 1,199 feet (365 m). It has one active asphalt runway: 6/24 is 8,222 by 100 feet (2,506 x 30 m). Runway 3/21 is closed indefinitely; it was 3,609 by 75 feet (1,100 x 23 m). Runway 6/24 was formerly 5/23, but was renamed to reflect changes in the earth's magnetic field.
In 2016 the airport had 28,816 aircraft operations, average 79 per day: 72% general aviation, 16% air taxi, 7% commercial, and 5% military. In May 2017, 105 aircraft were based at the airport: 58 single-engine, 9 multi-engine, 33 jet, and 5 helicopter.
The airport has a terminal building with one baggage claim. Parking is free. Fixed-base operators (FBOs) on the field include L.J. Aviation and Vee Neal Aviation.
Airlines and destinations
|Spirit Airlines|| Fort Lauderdale, Orlando|
Seasonal: Fort Myers, Myrtle Beach, Tampa
|2||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||40,050||Spirit|
|3||Myrtle Beach, South Carolina||34,880||Spirit|
|4||Fort Myers, Florida||9,540||Spirit|
- FAA Airport Master Record for LBE ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective May 25, 2017.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (LBE: Latrobe / Westmoreland County)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
- "Arnold Palmer: Fairways to runways". Sunday Star-News. (Wilmington, North Carolina). September 12, 1999. p. 2A.
- "Air facility named for golf great". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. September 11, 1999. p. B5.
- "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.
- "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). FAA.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
- Napsha, Joe. "Southern Airways: Latrobe-to-Pittsburgh flights to begin in late spring". TribLIVE.com. Retrieved 2017-01-01.
- "RITA BTS Transtats - LBE". www.transtats.bts.gov. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.|
- Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, official site
- Arnold Palmer Airport, Flights Status, Arrivals, Departures
- Arnold Palmer Regional Airport at Pennsylvania DOT Bureau of Aviation
- Fixed-base operators: Vee Neal Aviation and L.J. Aviation
- Aerial image as of March 1995 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective June 21, 2018
- FAA Terminal Procedures for LBE, effective June 21, 2018
- Resources for this airport: