Elko Regional Airport
|Elko Regional Airport
J.C. Harris Field
Elko Regional Airport terminal
|Owner||City of Elko|
|Elevation AMSL||5,140 ft / 1,567 m|
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".
On April 6, 1926, when it was called Elko Airport, the airfield was the terminus for the first scheduled air mail run in the United States, flown by Varney Air Lines. Varney was a predecessor of United Air Lines.
As early as 1931, Elko was stop on a passenger service flight between New York City and San Francisco. In the June 15, 1931 timetable United Airlines predecessor National Air Transport flew New York City - Cleveland - Toledo - Chicago, connecting to Boeing Air Transport's flight to Iowa City - Des Moines - Omaha - Lincoln - North Platte - Cheyenne - Rock Springs - Salt Lake City - Elko - Reno - Sacramento - Oakland. Schedule time was 31 hours westbound and 28 hours eastbound. United later served Elko with Boeing 247s, Douglas DC-3s and Convair 340s.
Starting in November 1977 United Boeing 737-200 jetliners flew San Francisco - Reno - Elko - Ely - Salt Lake City service and back; in 1982 United ended this flight, which had been previously operated with a Douglas DC-6B aircraft and was United's last piston powered flight. In the April 27, 1969 United timetable a DC-6 was listed as the aircraft type operating San Francisco - Oakland - Reno - Elko - Ely - Salt Lake City service; the return trip skipped Oakland. This was the only piston flight in the timetable at the time. In 1970 United replaced the DC-6 service with Convair 580 turboprops operated by Frontier Airlines (1950-1986) via a subcontract arrangement; the flights used the "UA" airline code until 737s took over.
Casino Express Airlines was based in Elko and supported the local casino industry, flying scheduled charter Boeing 737-200s from Elko to many cities starting in the late 1980s. In 1994, Casino Express scheduled weekend only flights nonstop between Elko and Portland, OR and Seattle with McDonnell Douglas MD-80s. Casino Express eventually changed its name to Xtra Airways and later ended jet service to Elko.
SkyWest Airlines began serving Elko as an independent commuter carrier during the early 1980s, flying Swearingen Metros to Reno, Salt Lake City and Ely. By the late 1980s SkyWest was serving the airport as Western Express for Western Airlines via code sharing agreement with flights mainly to Salt Lake City on Metros. Following the merger of Western into Delta Air Lines, SkyWest became a Delta Connection carrier via a code sharing agreement and in 1989 was flying Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias to Salt Lake City in addition to Metro service. SkyWest continues to serve the airport as a Delta Connection carrier, the only airline serving Elko.
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.
Airlines and destinations
|Delta Connection||Salt Lake City|
|1||Salt Lake City, Utah||15,000||Delta Connection|
- FAA Airport Master Record for EKO ( PDF), effective 2016-09-15
- Air Mail Pioneers: Jess C. Harris
- "Elko Airport". Nevada State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
- http://www.timetableimages.com, June 15, 1931 United Airlines timetable
- http://www.timetableimages.com, April 27, 1969 United Airlines timetable
- North American Official Airline Guide (OAG), February 1, 1976 edition
- Sept. 15, 1994 OAG Desktop Flight Guide, North American Edition
- April 1, 1987 Official Airline Guide
- http://www.departedflights.com, April 24, 1983 SkyWest Airlines route map
- http://www.departedflights.com, March 1, 1987 Western Airlines route map including Western Express routes
- http://www.departedflights.com, Dec. 15, 1989 Official Airline Guide
- https://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=EKO&Airport_Name=Elko, NV: Elko Regional&carrier=FACTS
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Elko Regional Airport.|
- Elko Airport, official site
- El Aero Services, Inc., the fixed-base operator (FBO)
- "Diagram of Elko Municipal Airport (EKO)" (PDF). from Nevada DOT
- (PDF), effective September 14, 2017
- FAA Terminal Procedures for EKO, effective September 14, 2017
- Resources for this airport: