Elko Regional Airport

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Elko Regional Airport
J.C. Harris Field
2015-04-18 07 33 23 The Elko Regional Airport Terminal in Elko, Nevada.jpg
Elko Regional Airport terminal
Airport type Public
Owner City of Elko
Serves Elko, Nevada
Elevation AMSL 5,140 ft / 1,567 m
Coordinates 40°49′30″N 115°47′30″W / 40.82500°N 115.79167°W / 40.82500; -115.79167Coordinates: 40°49′30″N 115°47′30″W / 40.82500°N 115.79167°W / 40.82500; -115.79167
Website www.flyelkonevada.com
EKO is located in Nevada
Location in Nevada
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 7,214 2,199 Asphalt
12/30 2,871 875 Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations 16,520
Based aircraft 69
FAA diagram

Elko Regional Airport (IATA: EKOICAO: KEKOFAA LID: EKO), formerly Elko Municipal Airport, is an airport located about one mile west of downtown Elko, in Elko County, Nevada.[1]

The airport was named J.C. Harris Field in 1975 in honor of Jess C. Harris, a sheriff from Elko known as "The Flying Sheriff".[2]


On April 6, 1926, when it was called Elko Airport, it was the terminus for the first scheduled air mail run in the United States, flown by Varney Air Lines.[3]

United Airlines Boeing 737-200s stopped at Elko from November 1977 until 1982, flying San Francisco - Reno - Elko - Ely - Salt Lake City. This route was United's last piston powered flight, a Douglas DC-6 until 1970[citation needed]. United replaced it with Convair 580s operated by Frontier Airlines (1950-1986) in a subcontract arrangement using the "UA" code.[4]

Casino Express Airlines served Elko with Boeing 737-200s and was based in Elko. This airline supported the local casino industry and operated what were essentially scheduled charter flights from Elko to many U.S. cities starting in the late 1980s. Casino Express eventually changed its name to Xtra Airways which later ended these 737 flights from Elko.


Elko Regional Airport covers 700 acres (280 ha) and has two asphalt runways: 5/23 measuring 7,214 x 150 ft (2,199 x 46 m) and 12/30 measuring 2,871 x 60 ft (875 x 18 m).[1]

In the year ending August 31, 2007 the airport had 16,520 aircraft operations, average 45 per day: 73% general aviation, 27% air taxi and <1% military. 69 aircraft were then based at this airport: 77% single-engine, 10% multi-engine, 6% jet and 7% helicopter.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Delta Connection Salt Lake City

SkyWest ("Delta Connection") flies Bombardier CRJ-200s between Elko and Delta Air Lines' hub at Salt Lake City International Airport.

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from Elko (June 2013 - May 2014)[5]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Salt Lake City, Utah 19,000 Delta


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for EKO (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-12-20
  2. ^ Air Mail Pioneers: Jess C. Harris
  3. ^ "Elko Airport". Nevada State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  4. ^ North American Official Airline Guide (OAG), February 1, 1976 edition
  5. ^ [1]

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