Bowling Green–Warren County Regional Airport

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Bowling Green–Warren County Regional Airport
The Main building of Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport.
Airport type Public
Owner City of Bowling Green & Warren County
Location Bowling Green, Kentucky
Elevation AMSL 547 ft / 167 m
Coordinates 36°57′52″N 086°25′11″W / 36.96444°N 86.41972°W / 36.96444; -86.41972
BWG is located in Kentucky
Location of airport in Kentucky / United States
BWG is located in the US
BWG (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 6,500 1,981 Asphalt
12/30 3,955 1,205 Asphalt
Statistics (2005)
Aircraft operations 62,640
Based aircraft 74

Bowling Green–Warren County Regional Airport (IATA: BWG, ICAO: KBWG, FAA LID: BWG) is a public airport located two miles (3 km) southeast of the central business district of Bowling Green, a city in Warren County, Kentucky, United States. This airport is publicly owned by the City of Bowling Green and Warren County.[1]

A now-defunct Falcon Air Express McDonnell Douglas MD-83 deboarding at Bowling Green Airport


The site was established in 1934 as a military airfield.[2] Shortly after the end of WWII, the airport was served until 1946 with an intrastate airline, Bluegrass Airlines through the fall of 1946. Beginning August 1, 1948, Eastern Airlines added Bowling Green to its Chicago to Atlanta route. Aircraft used on this route were the Douglas DC-3, Martin 4-0-4 (known as the "Silver Streak"), and the Lockheed L-188 Electra. In 1969, Eastern contracted to Air South and Wright Airlines to service Bowling Green. The last flight on a Wright Airlines flight left Bowling Green around 4:30 pm, September 10, 1972, leaving the airport without commercial air service.

Charter flights for Western Kentucky University Men's and Women's athletic programs use the airport regularly. Charter flights for WKU football are usually on Miami Air International 737-800 aircraft.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Bowling Green–Warren County Regional Airport has seasonal commercial air service provided by a single airline, Contour Airlines, to Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport in Destin, Florida. Service to Destin will resume on May 13, 2017 and continue through August 13, 2017.[3] Contour Airlines began serving Bowling Green–Warren County Regional Airport on August 29, 2016 with twice daily flights to Atlanta and twice weekly flights to Destin on a seasonal basis. This marked the first time Bowling Green had scheduled commercial service since 1972.[4] The seasonal flights to Destin ended in late October.[5] On November 1, 2016, service to Atlanta was reduced from two flights a day to one flight a day because of lower-than-expected demand.[6] It was announced on December 9, 2016 that the flights to Atlanta would end on January 8, 2017, due to insufficient demand.[7]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Bowling Green–Warren County Regional Airport covers an area of 525 acres (212 ha) which contains two runways:[1]

  • Runway 3/21: 6,500 x 150 ft (1,981 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt
  • Runway 12/30: 3,955 x 150 ft (1,205 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt

For 12-month period ending November 30, 2005, the airport had 62,640 aircraft operations, an average of 171 per day: 96% general aviation, 3% military, 1% air taxi and <1% scheduled commercial. There are 74 aircraft based at this airport: 85% single engine, 9% multi-engine (7) and 5% jet aircraft.[1]

  • Fixed-Base Operator: Co-Mar Aviation - Operations include aircraft maintenance, fuel services, and aircraft hangars/tie downs.

Future developments[edit]

In December 2015, the city and the airport reviewed a proposal to expand the existing terminal at the airport at a cost of $1.8 million. The expanded facility would be approx. 9,000 to 10,000 sq. ft. and would be built based on passenger traffic.


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for BWG (Form 5010 PDF), retrieved 2007-03-15
  2. ^ Bowling Green - Warren County Regional Airport: About Us Archived July 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Baute, Sean (February 15, 2017). "BGWC Regional Airport announces 2017 commercial flights". WBKO. Archived from the original on February 16, 2017. 
  4. ^ Gossum, Michael (August 4, 2016). "Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport announces ticket fares". WBKO. Archived from the original on August 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport announces flights to Atlanta, Destin". WBKO. May 17, 2016. Archived from the original on May 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Airport cuts number of Atlanta flights". WBKO. November 7, 2016. Archived from the original on February 21, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Bowling Green airport cancels Atlanta flights; Destin service continues". WBKO. December 9, 2016. Archived from the original on December 10, 2016. 

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