Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport

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Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport
Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport Logo.gif
Airport type Public
Owner Hancock County, Maine
Serves Hancock County
Location Trenton, Maine
Elevation AMSL 83 ft / 25 m
Coordinates 44°26′59″N 068°21′42″W / 44.44972°N 68.36167°W / 44.44972; -68.36167Coordinates: 44°26′59″N 068°21′42″W / 44.44972°N 68.36167°W / 44.44972; -68.36167
Website www.BHBairport.com
BHB is located in Maine
BHB is located in the US
Location of airport in Maine / United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 5,200 1,585 Asphalt
17/35 3,253 992 Asphalt
Aircraft operations (2016) 21,250
Based aircraft (2017) 33
Total Passengers Served (12 months ending Apr 2017) 16,612

Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport (IATA: BHBICAO: KBHBFAA LID: BHB) is a county owned, public use airport located in Trenton, Maine, eight nautical miles (9 mi, 15 km) northwest of the central business district of Bar Harbor, a city in Hancock County, Maine, United States.[1] It serves the residents of Hancock County with commercial and charter aviation services. During the summer months, the airport becomes one of Maine's busiest, with significant private jet operations bringing visitors to the numerous summer colonies in the county, which includes Mount Desert Island. Scheduled passenger airline service is subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.[2]

As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 10,562 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[3] 10,100 enplanements in 2009, and 11,109 in 2010.[4] 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-primary commercial service facility.[5]


The airport operated as Bar Harbor Naval Auxiliary Air Facility (NAAF) supporting operations of Naval Air Station Brunswick from September 1, 1943 until November 15, 1945.[6]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport covers an area of 468 acres (189 ha) at an elevation of 83 feet (25 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 4/22 is 5,200 by 100 feet (1,585 x 30 m) and 17/35 is 3,253 by 75 feet (992 x 23 m).[1] The airport is an uncontrolled airport that has no control tower.[7]

For the 12-month period ending September 30, 2016, the airport had 21,250 aircraft operations, an average of 58 per day: 84% general aviation, 8% scheduled commercial, 7% air taxi, and <1% military. In July 2017, there were 33 aircraft based at this airport: 32 single-engine and 1 glider.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Cape Air Boston
Elite Airways Seasonal: Vero Beach
PenAir Seasonal: Boston

Cape Air operates Cessna 402 twin prop aircraft, Elite Airways flies both CRJ200 and CRJ700 regional jets and PenAir operates Saab 340B turboprops. PenAir's service also operate as code sharing flights via an agreement with Alaska Airlines.


Carrier shares[edit]

Carrier shares: (May 2016 – Apr 2017)[8]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Cape Air

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from BHB (May 2016 – Apr 2017)[8]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Boston, Massachusetts 7,710 Cape Air, PenAir
2 Newark, New Jersy 540 Elite
3 Vero Beach, Flordia 110 Elite



  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for BHB (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective July 20, 2017.
  2. ^ "Order 2012-3-2". U.S. Department of Transportation. March 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). FAA.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Patrol Squadron Shore Establishments" (PDF). United States Navy. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ https://www.airnav.com/airport/KBHB
  8. ^ a b "RITA BTS Transtats - BHB". www.transtats.bts.gov. Retrieved 28 July 2017. 

Other sources[edit]

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2011-0185) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Order 2011-11-26 (November 22, 2011): prohibiting Colgan Air, Inc., operating as US Airways Express, from terminating its subsidized service at Bar Harbor and Presque Isle/Houlton, Maine (Presque Isle), and Plattsburgh, New York, and requesting proposals from airlines interested in providing replacement essential air service (EAS) at any or all of the communities, with or without subsidy.
    • Order 2012-3-2 (March 2, 2012: making Essential Air Service (EAS) air carrier selections at Bar Harbor and Presque Isle, Maine, and Plattsburgh, New York. At Bar Harbor, Hyannis Air Service Inc., operating as Cape Air, and Peninsula Airways, Inc. (PenAir) will jointly provide EAS for a four-year term beginning when either carrier begins providing full EAS. PenAir will operate only the peak summer months from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and will operate two daily nonstop round trips to Boston using 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft subsidy free. Cape Air will operate on a year-round basis, providing one daily round trip (seven a week) from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and three daily round trips (21 a week) from September through May using 9-seat Cessna 402 aircraft for an annual subsidy rate of $1,631,223.

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