Clinton National Airport
Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport
|Owner||City of Little Rock|
|Operator||Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission|
|Opened||June 19, 1931|
|Elevation AMSL||266 ft / 81 m|
Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (IATA: LIT, ICAO: KLIT, FAA LID: LIT), also known as Clinton National Airport, Adams Field, or simply Little Rock Airport, is a public airport on the east side of Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S. It is operated by the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission.
The largest commercial airport in Arkansas, it served more than 2.1 million passengers in the year spanning from March 2009 through to February 2010. While Clinton National Airport does not have direct international passenger flights, more than 50 flights arrive or depart at Little Rock each day, with nonstop service to 14 cities.
The airport is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2019–2023, in which it is categorized as a small-hub primary commercial service facility. Per FAA records, the airport had 1,181,846 passenger boardings (enplanements) in CY 2008, 1,108,603 in 2009 and 1,097,403 in 2010.
The airport was originally named "Adams Field" after Captain George Geyer Adams, 154th Observation Squadron, Arkansas National Guard, who was killed in the line of duty on September 4, 1937. He was a strong advocate for the airport, and also a Little Rock city councilor. American Airlines was the first airline to serve Little Rock when it first landed at Adams Field in June 19, 1931. During World War II the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Forces Third Air Force for antisubmarine patrols and training. In 1972 the airport opened its current 12-gate terminal. On June 1, 1999 American Airlines Flight 1420 crashed upon landing at Little Rock National Airport on a flight from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, killing the captain and 10 passengers.
In August 2008, the airport approved a plan to renovate the terminal over a 15-year period. The plan would expand the terminal from 12 to 16 gates. On March 20, 2012, the municipal airport commission voted to rename the airport the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, after former United States President Bill Clinton and his wife, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The name Adams Field will continue to be used when referring to the airport's runways and air traffic and will be the airport's official designator. In October 2013, Travel + Leisure released a survey of travelers that ranked Clinton National Airport as the worst of the 67 domestic airports considered in the survey. The survey report cited long lines and few food and shopping choices, among other criticisms. A survey commissioned by the airport contradicted Travel + Leisure's claim finding that more than 90% of passengers were satisfied with their experience.
Facilities and aircraft
Clinton National Airport covers 2,000 acres (809 ha) at an elevation of 266 feet (81 m) above mean sea level. It has three concrete runways: 4L/22R is 8,273 by 150 feet (2,522 x 46 m); 4R/22L is 8,251 by 150 feet (2,515 x 46 m); 18/36 is 6,224 by 150 feet (1,897 x 46 m). It has one concrete helipad 50 by 50 feet (15 x 15 m).
In the year ending December 31, 2017, the airport had 94,063 aircraft operations, an average of 258 per day: 45% general aviation, 23% scheduled commercial, 18% military, and 13% air taxi. The military operations are mostly C-130 transports from nearby Little Rock Air Force Base practicing touch-and-go landings. In December 2017, 137 aircraft were based at this airport: 57 single-engine, 32 multi-engine, 43 jet, and 5 helicopter.
Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS), a subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, operates a large facility at the airport. It is the site of two Falcon aircraft operations: the main Completion Center for all Falcon jets worldwide, and the company-owned Service Center. Current production model Falcons are manufactured in France, then flown in "green" condition to the Completion Center where optional avionics and custom interiors are installed, and exteriors are painted. Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) – Little Rock provides inspection, maintenance, modification, completion and repair needs for the Falcon product line. The Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) – Little Rock Service Center and Completion Center combined occupy total nearly 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2), making Little Rock the largest Dassault facility in the world.
The single terminal has 12 gates. Six gates are along the length of the terminal (three on either side) and a rotunda at the end has six more.
Airlines and destinations
|Allegiant Air|| Orlando/Sanford|
Seasonal: Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Los Angeles
|American Airlines||Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington–National|
|Delta Air Lines|| Atlanta|
|Frontier Airlines|| Denver|
|Southwest Airlines|| Dallas–Love, Las Vegas, St. Louis|
Seasonal: Phoenix–Sky Harbor
|United Airlines||Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental|
|UPS Airlines||Louisville, Lubbock, Oklahoma City, Ontario, Shreveport|
Other cargo services
|Year||Total passengers (enplane and deplane)|
|2||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||158,060||American|
|4||Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois||87,460||American, United|
|6||St. Louis, Missouri||68,820||Southwest|
|7||Denver, Colorado||62,370||Frontier, United|
|8||Charlotte, North Carolina||62,030||American|
|9||Las Vegas, Nevada||43,210||Southwest|
|10||Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Arizona||34,970||Southwest|
Accidents and incidents
- On January 19, 1990, an Eastman Kodak Grumman Gulfstream II crashed during final approach to Little Rock National Airport, all seven on board were killed. Unfavorable weather conditions and pilot error contributed to the accident.
- On June 1, 1999, American Airlines Flight 1420, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 with 145 passengers and crew, attempting to land in a severe thunderstorm, overran the end of runway 4R, crashed through a fence and down a rock embankment into a flood plain, one crewmember and 10 passengers were killed.
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- FAA Airport Master Record for LIT ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective September 14, 2017.
- "Enplanements & Deplanements" (PDF). Little Rock National Airport. December 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 25, 2012.
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- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "Aircraft Accident Report: Runway Overrun During Landing American Airlines Flight 1420" (PDF). National Transportation Safety Board. June 1, 1999.
- "LR airport terminal OK'd for redesign". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. August 20, 2008.
- "America's Worst Airports: No. 1 Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, Little Rock, AR (LIT)". Travel + Leisure, October 2013.
- Hibblen, Michael. "Little Rock Airport Ranked Worst In The Nation". UALR Public Radio, October 28, 2013. At the time of the ranking, the airport was undergoing the largest renovation in its history.
- "Passenger Satisfaction Flying High at Clinton National Airport". KLRT-TV. May 5, 2015. Archived from the original on August 15, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
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- General information
- Aerial image as of March 2001 from USGS The National Map
- Airfield photos from U.S. Civil Air Patrol at the Wayback Machine (archived September 23, 2006)
- (PDF), effective May 23, 2019
- FAA Terminal Procedures for LIT, effective May 23, 2019
- Resources for this airport: