Erie International Airport
|Erie International Airport
Tom Ridge Field
|Owner||Erie Municipal Airport Authority|
|Location||Millcreek Township, Erie County, near Erie, Pennsylvania|
|Elevation AMSL||733 ft / 223.4 m|
Erie International Airport (Tom Ridge Field) (IATA: ERI, ICAO: KERI, FAA LID: ERI) is a public airport five miles (8 km) southwest of Erie, in Erie County. Airline service at Erie faces stiff competition from the Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo airports, all within two hours of Erie by car. In 2004 Erie was the third fastest growing airport in the United States, and the fastest growing airport in Pennsylvania. It is also 128 miles from Pittsburgh, 111 miles from the Canadian Border, 95 miles from Cleveland, Ohio and 105 miles from Buffalo, New York.
Prior to September 11, 2001 the airport was at its height with US Airways mainline jets to Pittsburgh and international service to Toronto. After 9/11 US Airways replaced 737s and DC-9s with regional jets. As air service rebounded in the mid-2000s, US Airways Express flew to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Charlotte; Northwest Airlink to Detroit; Continental Connection to Cleveland; and Delta Connection to Cincinnati and Atlanta.
The airport is reportedly looking to expand service to New York and other cities. US Airways discontinued Charlotte flights in 2006. Delta Air Lines discontinued Atlanta flights on September 6, 2007. In early 2008 US Airways discontinued Pittsburgh flights. As of January 2010 US Airways Express service is three flights daily to Philadelphia; Delta Connection has five flights daily to Detroit; and United Express has two flights daily to Chicago-O'Hare. Across the country the cost of fuel is causing airlines to cut routes to smaller airports like Erie. Winter flights to Erie often are diverted to Cleveland or Buffalo due to weather.
Erie International is in an expansion program: expanding runway 6/24, establishing a relationship with an airport in Germany to create a cargo bridge, and attracting new airlines to more destinations. About 200,000 people used the airport in 2006, down 14% due to airlines cutting back on seats. The number of passengers did increase by 16.1% in 2010 from 2009.
Shops and restaurants
The airport has the ERI Cafe, a small gift shop, and several vending machines.
Erie International/Tom Ridge Field covers 450 acres (182 ha) and has two runways:
- Runway 2/20: 3,507 x 150 ft (1,069 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt
- Runway 6/24: 7,500 x 150 ft (1,981 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt/Concrete
Airlines and destinations
operated by Mountain Air Cargo
Taxis can reach the airport. Two Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority bus routes stop at the airport. Avis Rent a Car System, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, The Hertz Corporation, and National Car Rental have car rental counters.
Accidents and incidents
- In 1986 USAir Flight 499, a DC-9, from Toronto Pearson landed on snow-covered runway 24, and slid off the runway to rest over Asbury Road on the western perimeter of the airport.
- In 1984, a Spirit Airlines chartered flight, a DC-9 carrying a football team, landed in snowy conditions on a soft patch of land next to the runway.
- "Commercial Service Airports (Primary and Nonprimary), CY09 Passenger Boardings" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. November 23, 2010. Retrieved February 3, 2011.
- Erie Times Article, Fastest Growing
- Canadian 737 Parked at Terminal.
- NTSB Accident Report involving a scheduled USAir flight from Toronto.
- US Airways 737 at terminal.
- Photos showing airlines at airport
- , Erie Airport Press Release.
- NTSB Accident Report
- NTSB Accident Report
- Airport Master Record (FAA Form 5010), also available as a printable form (PDF)
- Erie International Airport
- Pennsylvania Bureau of Aviation: Erie International Airport
- (PDF), effective July 21, 2016
- Resources for this airport: