Bradford Regional Airport
|Bradford Regional Airport|
|Owner||Bradford Regional Airport Authority|
|Operator||Bradford Regional Airport Authority|
|Location||McKean County, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Elevation AMSL||2,143 ft / 653 m|
Bradford Regional Airport (IATA: BFD, ICAO: KBFD, FAA LID: BFD) is a public use airport located 10 nautical miles (19 km) south of the central business district of Bradford, in McKean County, Pennsylvania, United States. The airport is situated in Lafayette Township, but the mailing address is in Lewis Run, since Lafayette has no post office and limited facilities. It is mostly used for general aviation, but also offers scheduled commercial passenger service subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.
The airport is owned by the Bradford Regional Airport Authority and serves Pennsylvania and Western New York. It is surrounded by the oil field which makes up a large part of local economy. Bradford is the home of Zippo lighters and Case knives; there is an armory at the airport for the National Guard.
As per the Federal Aviation Administration, this airport had 4,898 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 2,593 in 2009, and 2,962 in 2010. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport (between 2,500 and 10,000 enplanements per year).
Its first airline flights were United DC-3s in 1948; United left about 1954. Allegheny remained until 1979 when Allegheny Commuter took over.
Facilities and aircraft
The airport covers 1,015 acres (411 ha) at an elevation of 2,143 feet (653 m) above mean sea level. It has two cement/asphalt runways: 14/32 is 6,306 by 150 feet (1,922 x 46 m) and 5/23 is 4,499 by 100 feet (1,371 x 30 m).
In 2010 the airport had 18,932 aircraft operations, average 51 per day: 77% general aviation, 22% air taxi, and 2% military. 21 aircraft were then based at the airport: 91% single-engine, 5% multi-engine, and 5% jet.
Airline and destinations
Scheduled passenger flights:
|Southern Airways Express||Pittsburgh|
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|Rank||City||Airport name & IATA code||Passengers|
|1||Pittsburgh, PA||Pittsburgh International (PIT)||3,150|
- On December 24, 1968 Allegheny Airlines Flight 736 crashed on approach to Bradford. 20 of the 47 passengers and crew on board are killed.
- On January 6, 1969 Allegheny Airlines Flight 737 crashed on approach to Bradford. 11 of the 28 passengers and crew on board are killed.
- FAA Airport Master Record for BFD ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (BFD: Bradford)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
- Bradford Regional Airport (official site)
- "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.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on 2012-09-27.
- "RITA - BTS - Transtats".
- "NTSB Identification: DCA69A0007". National Transportation Safety Board. December 24, 1968.
- "NTSB Identification: DCA69A0011". National Transportation Safety Board. January 6, 1969.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2003-14528) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2006-3-17 (March 24, 2006): selecting RegionsAir to provide essential air service (EAS) with 30-passenger Saab 340 aircraft at Bradford, Pennsylvania, and Jamestown, New York, for two years. Service will be three round trips a day to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, and the annual subsidy rate will be set at $1,649,913.
- Order 2006-9-20 (September 21, 2006): tentatively vacating Order 2006-3-17 that selected Regions Air, Inc., to provide essential air service at Bradford, Pennsylvania, and Jamestown, New York, for two years. In addition, the Department is tentatively selecting Colgan Air, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express to provide essential air service at both communities under its Pittsburgh option, i.e., three round trips each weekday and weekend to Pittsburgh at an annual subsidy rate of $2,434,827.
- Order 2006-10-3 (October 4, 2006): finalizes Order 2006-9-20, which tentatively vacated our earlier selection of RegionsAir, Inc. to provide EAS at Bradford and Jamestown, and instead selects Colgan Air, Inc. d/b/a US Airways Express (Colgan) to provide EAS at both communities from October 1, 2006, through September 30, 2008, at an annual subsidy rate of $2,434,827. The subsidy rate is based on service to Pittsburgh, although Colgan has stated it is evaluating serving Washington Dulles International Airport instead of Pittsburgh, the service originally supported by both communities, at the same subsidy rate.
- Order 2008-6-37 (June 30, 2008): selecting Gulfstream International Airlines, Inc. to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Bradford, Pennsylvania, and Jamestown, New York, at a total annual subsidy of $2,701,865, for the two-year period from October 1, 2008, through September 30, 2010. However, if Gulfstream does not inaugurate full EAS by October 1, 2008, the selection defaults to Colgan Air, Inc. d/b/a United Express for the same two-period, for a total annual subsidy of $3,826,587.
- Order 2010-9-12 (September 9, 2010): re-selecting Gulfstream International Airlines to provide essential air service (EAS) at Bradford, DuBois, and Oil City/Franklin, Pennsylvania, and Jamestown, New York, for a combined annual subsidy of $5,870,657 ($1,639,254 for Jamestown), from October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2012.
- Order 2012-9-23 (September 27, 2012): selecting Silver Airways to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Bradford, DuBois, Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania, Jamestown, New York, and Parkersburg, West Virginia/Marietta, Ohio, for a combined annual subsidy of $10,348,117 ($1,940,272 for Bradford; $2,587,029 for DuBois, $1,293,515 for Franklin, $1,940,272 for Jamestown, and $2,587,029 for Parkersburg), from October 1, 2012, through September 30, 2014.
- Notice of Intent (February 14, 2014): of Silver Airways Corp. to discontinue scheduled air service between Cleveland, Ohio (CLE) and: Jamestown, New York (JHW), Bradford, Pennsylvania (BFD), DuBois, Pennsylvania (DUJ), Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania (FKL), and Parkersburg, West Virginia/Marietta, Ohio (PKB).
- Order 2014-4-26 (April 24, 2014): directing interested persons to show cause as to why the Department should not terminate the eligibility ... under the Essential Air Service (EAS) program based on criteria passed by Congress in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Public Law No. 112-95). We find that Bradford is within 175 miles of a large or medium hub, Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF), a medium hub, and, thus, is subject to the 10-enplanement statutory criterion. We also find that during fiscal year 2013, Bradford generated a total of 4,292 passengers (inbound plus outbound). Consistent with the methodology described above, that results in an average of 6.9 enplanements per day, below the 10-enplanement statutory criterion necessary to remain eligible in the EAS program.
- Official website
- Bradford Regional Airport at Pennsylvania DOT Bureau of Aviation
- Aerial image as of April 2001 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for BFD, effective March 2, 2017
- Resources for this airport: