Punta Gorda Airport (Florida)

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Punta Gorda Airport
(Formerly Charlotte County Airport)
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IATA: PGDICAO: KPGDFAA LID: PGD
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Charlotte County Airport Authority
Serves Punta Gorda, Florida
Focus city for Allegiant Air
Elevation AMSL 26 ft / 8 m
Coordinates 26°55′08″N 081°59′27″W / 26.91889°N 81.99083°W / 26.91889; -81.99083Coordinates: 26°55′08″N 081°59′27″W / 26.91889°N 81.99083°W / 26.91889; -81.99083
Website www.FlyPGD.com
Map
PGD is located in Florida
PGD
PGD
Location of Airport in Florida
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 7,193 2,192 Asphalt
15/33 5,688 1,734 Asphalt
9/27 2,636 803 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft Operations 74,854
Based Aircraft 291
Passengers 149,141
Sources: FAA,[1] BTS,[2] Airport Website[3]

Punta Gorda Airport[1][3] (IATA: PGD[4]ICAO: KPGDFAA LID: PGD) is a public airport three miles southeast of Punta Gorda, in Charlotte County, Florida.[1] It is owned by the Charlotte County Airport Authority[1] and was formerly called Charlotte County Airport.

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport since it has over 10,000 passenger boardings (enplanements) per year.[5] Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 147,698 enplanements in calendar year 2011, an increase from 87,041 in 2010.[6] The airport has mainly been used by single engine and small jet aircraft, but has recently seen more scheduled airline service. The airport is home to the Florida International Air Show,[7] an annual event which has featured various military demonstration teams, such as the United States Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the "Blue Angels"; the "U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds"; and the United States Army's "Sky Soldiers" (173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team) Cobra helicopter team.

History[edit]

World War II[edit]

In 1941, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built an airfield on the current airport property as a combat pilot training base for the U.S. Army Air Forces' (USAAF) Third Air Force, naming the facility Punta Gorda Army Airfield. By 1944, the base reached its peak in housing 1,000 personnel, including two squadrons of student pilots.

The base initially had forty Curtis P-40 Warhawks assigned, later transitioning to the North American P-51 Mustang. Pursuit (i.e., "fighter") aircraft training in the P-40 and P-51 represented advanced phase training for Army Air Forces fighter pilots prior to their being deployed with USAAF operational units in Europe and the Pacific. Punta Gorda Army Airfield was a subordinate command of 3rd Air Force, 3rd Fighter Command at Drew Field (now Tampa International Airport), and also had C-45 Expeditor and C-47 Skytrain transports assigned for support.

The 27th Service Group, an all-black unit, was moved from MacDill Field in Tampa to provide training for support services to the air combat units.

All base officers and some senior non-commissioned officers lived in Punta Gorda, while all student officers and most enlisted men lived in tent structures on the base. Semi-permanent buildings included an operations headquarters, classrooms, supply building, fire station, dispensary, chapel and the control tower. The base had nose dock hangars, where just the nose of the aircraft was under shelter for repairs.

Following the war, the U.S. Government issued a Deed of Release transferring all of the fixtures and improvements situated on the property to Charlotte County.

Airline service[edit]

The airport saw no large airlines after the early 1980s in the aftermath of the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978. Airline flights resumed in 2007 when both Skybus Airlines and DayJet began flights at the airport. It didn't last: Skybus ceased operations on April 5, 2008 and DayJet on September 19, 2008.

Airline service resumed on November 22, 2008 when low-cost carrier Direct Air began twice weekly service to 10 cities in the eastern U.S. On December 2, 2008 low-cost airline Allegiant Air also announced it would open a new focus city at PGD and began McDonnell Douglas MD-80 flights to Greenville, South Carolina and Knoxville, Tennessee on March 5, 2009. A third airline, Vision Airlines also commenced weekly flights to Northwest Florida Regional Airport, collocated with Eglin Air Force Base (VPS) in Fort Walton Beach, on March 25, 2011. Vision then offered through ticketing for flights from Punta Gorda to Atlanta, Savannah, and Asheville via connections at the airline's Destin/Fort Walton Beach hub. Vision no longer has a hub at Destin/Fort Walton Beach.

Vision Airlines and Direct Air ended all service to PGD in 2012. Shortly after the collapse of Direct Air, Allegiant grew their PGD presence from three to seven cities and started basing aircraft full-time at the airport. Allegiant continues to grow at PGD; by the end of 2015, Allegiant served 29 destinations from PGD.

Facilities[edit]

Punta Gorda Airport covers 1,934 acres (783 ha) at an elevation of 26 feet (8 m). It has three asphalt runways: 4/22 is 7,193 by 150 feet (2,192 x 46 m), 15/33 is 5,688 by 150 feet (1,734 x 46 m), and 9/27 is 2,636 by 60 feet (803 x 18 m).[1]

In the year ending December 30, 2012 the airport had 74,854 aircraft operations, average 205 per day: 96% general aviation, 3% air taxi, 1% airline, and <1% military. 291 aircraft were then based at the airport: 81% single-engine, 10% multi-engine, 4% jet, 2% helicopter, and 2% ultralight.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Allegiant Air, operating McDonnell Douglas MD-80s, schedules flights to 12 states in the eastern and midwestern U.S., many served via smaller airports much like PGD. In 2010 the average fare was $44.87 for a one way domestic fare. A recent one-way trip from Punta Gorda to Des Moines was priced at about $110 giving people in Florida an option to travel almost anywhere in the U.S. for a low fare. In 2007 the airport built a new terminal for the growing number of passengers. It was named the Bailey Terminal for the seven Bailey brothers who were from Punta Gorda, and served in WWII and the Korean War. The terminal will soon be expanded.

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Allegiant Air Akron/Canton, Allentown, Asheville, Belleville/St. Louis, Cedar Rapids, Chicago/Rockford, Cincinnati, Columbus-Rickenbacker, Concord (NC) (begins October 5, 2016),[8] Des Moines, Fort Wayne, Grand Rapids, Greenville/Spartanburg, Harrisburg, Huntington (WV), Indianapolis, Kansas City, Knoxville, Lexington, Moline/Quad Cities, Niagara Falls, Peoria, Pittsburgh, Plattsburgh, Portsmouth (NH), Raleigh/Durham, South Bend, Springfield (IL), Springfield/Branson, Toledo, Youngstown/Warren
Frontier Airlines Trenton (begins October 30, 2016) [9]
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, Philadelphia (all begin October 30, 2016)[10]
Raven Air Key West [11]
Punta Gorda Airport destinations

Statistics[edit]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from PGD (Jan 2015 – Dec 2015)[12]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Cincinnati 47,000 Allegiant
2 Lexington 29,000 Allegiant
3 Indianapolis 26,000 Allegiant
4 Fort Wayne 24,000 Allegiant
5 Niagara Falls 23,000 Allegiant
6 Pittsburgh 20,000 Allegiant
7 Peoria 20,000 Allegiant
8 Chicago/Rockford 19,000 Allegiant
9 South Bend 19,000 Allegiant
10 Asheville 18,000 Allegiant

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at PGD, 2010 through 2016[13][14]
Year Passengers Year Passengers
2019
2018
2017
2016 1,098,000 est.
2015 836,472
2014 628,075
2013 333,611
2012 219,357
2011 291,626
2010 182,423

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f FAA Airport Master Record for PGD (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ http://www.transtats.bts.gov/Data_Elements.aspx?Data=1, PGD Passenger Origin & Destination Numbers.
  3. ^ a b "Punta Gorda Airport". Charlotte County Airport Authority. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (PGD: Punta Gorda / Charlotte County)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2011" (PDF, 1.7 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ Florida International Air Show
  8. ^ Mutzabaugh, Ben (June 28, 2016). "Allegiant Air breaks into Newark as it adds 3 cities to route map". USA Today. Retrieved June 28, 2016. 
  9. ^ http://www.news-press.com/story/news/2016/07/25/frontier-coming-punta-gorda-airport-3-nonstop-routes/87537544/
  10. ^ http://www.news-press.com/story/news/2016/07/25/frontier-coming-punta-gorda-airport-3-nonstop-routes/87537544/
  11. ^ http://www.winknews.com/2015/11/30/raven-air-to-offer-flights-from-punta-gorda-to-key-west/
  12. ^ "Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA: The Eastern Iowa (CID)". Research and Innovative Technology Administration. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  13. ^ http://www.flypgd.com/airport-statistics/ Airport Statistics Referenced Feb 21, 2016
  14. ^ http://www.news-press.com/story/news/2016/01/08/punta-gorda-airport-allegiant-air-score-whopping-growth-in-passengers/78435566/ Airport scores growth in passengers. Referenced Feb 21, 2016

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