Columbia Regional Airport
|Columbia Regional Airport|
Airport entrance, September 2007
|IATA: COU – ICAO: KCOU – FAA LID: COU|
|Owner||City of Columbia|
|Elevation AMSL||889 ft / 271 m|
FAA airport diagram
Columbia Regional Airport (IATA: COU, ICAO: KCOU, FAA LID: COU) is a city owned, public use airport located 10 nautical miles (12 mi, 19 km) southeast of the central business district of Columbia, a city in Boone County, Missouri, United States. The airport is served by one commercial airline and also provides general aviation services. Airport officials have created a plan to extend the 6,500 foot runway, and to construct a new terminal. The runway will be extended first, with the terminal reconstruction to take place two years later.
This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport. As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 12,719 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 26,842 enplanements in 2009, and 38,293 in 2010.
Scheduled passenger service was subsidized by the U.S. Department of Transportation via the Essential Air Service program until 2010, when Pinnacle Airlines dba Delta Connection began providing subsidy-free service.
Facilities and aircraft
Columbia Regional Airport covers an area of 1,538 acres (622 ha) at an elevation of 889 feet (271 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 2/20 is 6,501 by 150 feet (1,982 x 46 m) with a concrete surface; 13/31 is 4,401 by 75 feet (1,341 x 23 m) with an asphalt surface.
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2010, the airport had 25,717 aircraft operations, an average of 70 per day: 79% general aviation, 10% military, 9% scheduled commercial, and 2% air taxi. At that time there were 41 aircraft based at this airport: 44% single-engine, 24% multi-engine, 27% jet, and 5% helicopter.
Airlines and destinations
Scheduled airline passenger service is available to the following non-stop destinations:
|American Eagle||Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth|
Prior to 2001, service was operated by Trans World Express (Trans States Airlines) using Jetstream 41 aircraft to St. Louis. After Trans World merged with American, American Connection (Trans States Airlines) provided service to St. Louis using Jetstream 41's until 2006. US Airways Express (Air Midwest) using Beechcraft 1900 aircraft replaced American Connection with service to Kansas City and St. Louis. Service to St. Louis was later dropped in favor of additional frequencies to Kansas City.
In 2008, Northwest Airlink (Mesaba Airlines) replaced US Airways Express using Saab 340 aircraft with service to Memphis. Later that year Northwest Airlines merged with Delta Air Lines. Delta Connection switched service from Mesaba Airlines to Pinnacle Airlines using CRJ-200 aircraft in 2010. In June 2012, ExpressJet Airlines replaced Pinnacle Airlines as the Delta Connection carrier serving Columbia and service to Atlanta began. In October 2012, service to Memphis was dropped. ExpressJet operated service to Atlanta and Memphis using CRJ-200 aircraft. Delta pulled out of Columbia Regional Airport on February 13, 2013.
In August 2012, Frontier Airlines announced plans to have twice weekly flights from Columbia to Orlando, Florida. In November 2012, Frontier started twice weekly flights to Orlando using Airbus A319 aircraft. Frontier ended service to Orlando on May 13, 2013.
On October 22, 2012, it was announced by Columbia mayor Bob McDavid that American Airlines and the City of Columbia reached an agreement that was approved by the Columbia City Council for air service from Columbia Regional Airport (COU) to Chicago O'Hare and Dallas/Fort Worth and service began in February 2013.
- FAA Airport Master Record for COU ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (COU: Columbia Regional)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. External link in
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. External link in
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. External link in
- "FAA Contract Tower Closure List". American Association of Airport Executives. March 22, 2013.
- "FAA: 149 control towers to close at small airports". USA Today. March 22, 2013.
- "Frontier to offer flights to Orlando". Columbia Daily Tribune. August 16, 2012.
- "Frontier to Discontinue Service At Columbia Regional". KOMU. February 18, 2013.
- "City council OKs American Airlines deal". Columbia Daily Tribune. October 22, 2012.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2006-23931) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Notice (February 9, 2006): of Trans States Airlines, Inc. d/b/a American Connection submitting notice of its intent to terminate service to Columbia, Missouri, on or after May 9, 2006.
- Order 2006-4-6 (April 11, 2006): prohibiting Trans States Airlines, Inc., d/b/a American Connection, from suspending its service at Columbia/Jefferson City, Missouri, at the end of its 90-day notice period, and requesting proposals, with or without subsidy requests, from carriers interested in providing replacement service.
- Order 2006-6-21 (June 26, 2006): selecting Air Midwest, Inc. d/b/a US Airways Express, to provide essential air service at Columbia/Jefferson City, Missouri, for a two-year period at a subsidy of $598,751 annually.
- Notice (January 21, 2008): Air Midwest, Inc. serving notice of its intent to discontinue scheduled subsidized Essential Air Service between Columbia/Jefferson City, Missouri and both Kansas City, Missouri and St. Louis, Missouri effective April 20, 2008.
- Order 2008-2-2 (February 6, 2008): prohibiting Air Midwest from terminating its subsidized service at nine communities (Grand Island, NE; McCook, NE; El Dorado/Camden, AR; Harrison, AR; Hot Springs, AR; Jonesboro, AR; Columbia/Jefferson City, MO; Joplin, MO; Kirksville, MO) for 30 days beyond the end of its 90-day notice period, and requesting long term proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at any or all of the communities, with or without subsidy, by February 29.
- Order 2008-5-2 (May 5, 2008): selects Mesaba Aviation, Inc. d/b/a Northwest Airlink to provide essential air service at Columbia/Jefferson City, Missouri, beginning when the carrier inaugurates service through the 24th month thereafter. Scheduled Service: 20 nonstop round trips to Memphis each week. Aircraft type: Saab 340 (34 passenger seats). Annual compensation: $2,186,590.
- Order 2010-3-35 (March 31, 2010): relying on Delta Air Lines to provide subsidy-free essential air service (EAS) at Columbia/Jefferson City, Missouri, and terminating the carrier-selection case effective September 1, 2010, when the currently effective EAS contract at the community expires.
- Columbia Regional Airport, official site
- Aerial image as of April 1995 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective August 18, 2016
- FAA Terminal Procedures for COU, effective August 18, 2016
- Resources for this airport: