Barkley Regional Airport

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Barkley Regional Airport
Barkley Regional Airport Logo.svg
BRAA Terminal.jpg
Barkley Airport Terminal Entrance, 2017
Airport typePublic
OwnerBarkley Regional Airport Authority
ServesPaducah, Kentucky
Elevation AMSL410 ft / 125 m
Coordinates37°03′37″N 088°46′23″W / 37.06028°N 88.77306°W / 37.06028; -88.77306Coordinates: 37°03′37″N 088°46′23″W / 37.06028°N 88.77306°W / 37.06028; -88.77306
PAH is located in Kentucky
Location of airport in Kentucky / United States
PAH is located in the US
PAH (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 6,500 1,981 Asphalt
14/32 5,499 1,676 Asphalt
Aircraft operations (2015)23,269
Based aircraft (2017)40
Total passengers served (12 months ending Dec 2016)40,770

Barkley Regional Airport (IATA: PAH[2], ICAO: KPAH, FAA LID: PAH) is located 12 nautical miles west of Paducah, in McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. The airport is owned by the Barkley Regional Airport Authority.[1] It is used for general aviation and sees one airline subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.

100 people are employed at the airport. The only airline is United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines, with 13 weekly Canadair Regional Jets departing to Chicago. Barkley Regional Airport is the 5th busiest airport in Kentucky.

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.[3] Federal Aviation Administration records say this airport had 21,654 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[4] 18,542 in 2009, and 19,903 in 2010.[5]


Barkley Regional Airport is named after former Vice-President of the United States, Alben W. Barkley, who was from Western Kentucky. The airport was previously served by Northwest Airlink operated by Mesaba Airlines, with Saab turboprops to Memphis International Airport. When Northwest merged with Delta Air Lines, service to Memphis from Paducah ended. This service was quickly replaced when the Chicago-based United Airlines started operating daily CRJ-200s to Chicago–O'Hare International Airport. The service is operated by SkyWest Airlines for United Express. Service began in the winter of 2010.

Originally created as a military airfield in 1941, thanks to the efforts of then Senator Alben Barkley, the Airfield was originally used to facilitate B-17 Bomber crew training that was taking place in nearby Dyersburg, TN. After the war, in 1945, the U.S. Government deeded the land to the city of Paducah, and McCracken County, making it available for commercial airline use. On April 1, 1946, a Chicago and Southern DC-3 operated the first ever commercial airline flight out of Paducah. And since that day the airport has had commercial air service from numerous airlines for over 70 consecutive years and counting.


Barkley Regional Airport covers 1,018 acres (412 ha) at an elevation of 410 feet (125 m). It has two asphalt runways: 4/22 is 6,500 by 150 feet (1,981 x 46 m) and 14/32 is 5,499 by 150 feet (1,676 x 46 m).[1] An expansion of runway 14/32 was completed in December 2005.

For the year ending December 31, 2015, the airport had 23,269 aircraft operations, an average of 63 per day: 80% general aviation, 8% military, 6% air taxi and 6% airline. In March 2017, there were 40 aircraft based at this airport: 29 single-engine, 6 multi-engine, 4 jet and 1 helicopter.[1]

Airline and destination[edit]


United Express Cape Girardeau (begins January 7, 2019),[6] Chicago–O'Hare


Carrier shares: (Jun 2016 – May 2017)[7]
Carrier   Passengers (arriving and departing)
Top domestic destinations: (Jun 2016 – May 2017)[7]
Rank Airport Passengers Airline
1 O'Hare International (ORD) 20,670 United


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for PAH (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective March 2, 2017.
  2. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (PAH: Barkley Regional)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  3. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
  5. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
  6. ^
  7. ^ a b "RITA BTS Transtats – PAH". Retrieved 26 August 2017.

Other sources[edit]

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket DOT-OST-2009-0160) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Ninety-day notice (July 15, 2009): from Mesaba Aviation, Inc. of its intent to discontinue unsubsidized scheduled air service at the following communities, effective October 12, 2009: Paducah, KY; Alpena, MI; Muskegon, MI; Hancock, MI; Sault Ste. Marie, MI; International Falls, MN; Tupelo, MS and Eau Claire, WI.
  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2009-0299) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Memorandum (November 19, 2009): closing out docket DOT-2009-0160 and opening up eight new dockets for the various communities (Alpena, MI; Eau Claire, WI; Hancock/Houghton, MI; International Falls, MN; Muskegon, MI; Paducah, KY; Sault Ste. Marie, MI; Tupelo, MS).
    • Order 2009-10-8 (October 16, 2009): selecting SkyWest Airlines, Inc., d/b/a United Express, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Hancock/Houghton and Muskegon, Michigan, Paducah, Kentucky, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
    • Order 2012-1-24 (January 26, 2012): tentatively re-selecting SkyWest Airlines, Inc. to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) with subsidy rates as follows: Eau Claire, Wisconsin, $1,733,576; Hancock/Houghton, Michigan, $934,156; Muskegon, Michigan, $1,576,067; and Paducah, Kentucky, $1,710,775.
    • Order 2012-2-2 (February 1, 2012): makes final the selection of SkyWest Airlines, Inc., to provide Essential Air Service at Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Hancock/Houghton, Michigan; and Paducah, Kentucky (at Muskegon, the selection of SkyWest was not finalized at this time).
    • Order 2013-10-8 (October 21, 2013): reselecting Delta Air Lines, Inc., to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Pellston and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; and SkyWest Airlines, at Paducah, Kentucky; Hancock/Houghton, and Muskegon, Michigan; and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The Order also tentatively reselects American Airlines, at Watertown, New York. Paducah, Kentucky: Docket 2009-0299; Effective Period: January 1, 2014, through January 31, 2016; Service: Fourteen (14) nonstop round trips per week to Chicago O'Hare (ORD); Aircraft Type: CRJ-200; Annual Subsidy: $2,034,160.

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