Ernest A. Love Field
Prescott Regional Airport
|Owner||City of Prescott|
|Elevation AMSL||5,045 ft / 1,538 m|
Prescott Regional Airport, Ernest A. Love Field (IATA: PRC, ICAO: KPRC, FAA LID: PRC) is 8 miles (7.0 nmi; 13 km) north of Prescott, in Yavapai County, Arizona. Love Field is used for general aviation and facilitates scheduled passenger airline service to Denver and Los Angeles.
Most traffic at PRC is training flights from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University but includes training flights from operations including Guidance Aviation and North-Aire.
The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport. Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 5,872 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2017.
The City of Prescott announced that passenger totals for 2009 were 11,690. Reaching over 10,000 boardings will allow the airport to get a million-dollar grant each year for the next five years for improvement projects. This also prompted Great Lakes Airlines to add a second daily weekday flight to Denver.
The first airline flights at Prescott were TWA DC-3s in late 1947.
The airport is named for Ernest A. Love (1895–1918), First Lieutenant, United States Army Air Service. Love was born in New Mexico and raised in Prescott. He was a graduate of Prescott High School, and studied mechanical engineering at Stanford. He served in World War I and was shot down near Verdun, France on 16 September 1918, and died of his wounds as a prisoner of war a few days later. Lieutenant Love is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The hamlet of Love, Arizona is also named for him.
- 3R/21L measuring 7,616 ft × 150 ft (2,321 m × 46 m)
- 3L/21R measuring 4,848 ft × 60 ft (1,478 m × 18 m)
- 12/30 measuring 4,408 ft × 75 ft (1,344 m × 23 m)
Plans to extend Runway 3R/21L and Runway 3L/21R were mentioned in the latest master plan update in 2009. The extension onto Runway 3R/21L would be more than 3,300 feet and the extension onto Runway 3L/21R would be more than 1,300 feet.
In the year ending March 31, 2011 the airport had 244,080 aircraft operations, average 668 per day: 98.2% general aviation, 1.6% air taxi, <1% military, and <1% airline. 232 aircraft were then based at this airport: 89% single-engine, 8% multi-engine, 1% helicopter, 1% jet, and <1% glider.
Great Lakes Airlines served the airport since 2008, when Mesa Airlines terminated their agreement. Although Great Lakes Airlines over the last few years ran into staffing issues due to the nationwide pilot shortage, Prescott has always been one of their top destinations. In 2016, the company turned itself around and was able to pull out of its staffing problems by signing a contract with Frontier Airlines to agree to employ their pilots after they have completed a required employment period with Great Lakes first. The company currently flies to Los Angeles and Phoenix. The company cut back on the destinations it served so it could dramatically increase reliability and staffing abilities towards its profitable airports. Prescott in November received the first of several planned upgrades by the company. Great Lakes increased its total round trip daily flights to/from Los Angeles from 2 flights a day to 4. On December 17, 2016 part 2 of the upgrade plan took place, which included bringing in a larger aircraft, an Embraer EMB-120 which includes 30 seats, restroom facilities and flight attendant service. The company has also leased a corporate maintenance hangar on the airfield and plans to employ a full-time aircraft mechanic to turn Prescott into a west coast maintenance hub. Finally, the airline resumed flying to Denver, CO twice per week with one-stop in Farmington, NM. In 2017 Great Lakes reverted to 2 flights per day to Los Angeles and 2 flights per week to Denver using Beech 1900D aircraft. On March 26, 2018, Great Lakes Airlines ceased operations, terminating all scheduled flights from Ernest A. Love Field. On July 17, 2018, United Airlines announced service from Ernest A. Love Field to Denver and Los Angeles with each running a daily flight, which began on August 29, 2018. United Airlines service is operated by SkyWest Airlines dba United Express operating 50 seat Bombardier CRJ-200 jet aircraft.
Airline and destinations
|United Express||Denver, Los Angeles|
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|Rank||City||Airport name & IATA code||Passengers||Carriers|
|1||Denver||Denver International Airport (DEN)||6,667||United Express|
|2||Los Angeles||Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)||5,855||United Express|
Historical Airline Service
The following is a list of all known air carriers that have served Prescott. Most of these airlines provided flights to Phoenix and Las Vegas.
- Arizona Airways 1946–1948
- Trans World Airlines (TWA) 1947–1949
- Frontier Airlines 1950–1964
- Bonanza Airlines 1949–1968
- Air West 1968–1970
- Hughes Air West 1970–1974
- Apache Airlines early 1970s
- Cochise Airlines 1974–1982
- Golden Pacific Airlines 1982–1989
- Sun West Airlines 1984–1985
- Mesa Airlines 1989–1992
- America West Express (Mesa Airlines) 1992–2005
- Great Lakes Airlines 2005–2007
- Alaska Airlines (Horizon Air) 2008–2010
- US Airways Express (Mesa Airlines) 2007–2008
- Great Lakes Airlines 2008–2018
- FAA Airport Master Record for PRC ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (PRC: Prescott)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
- Ernest A. Love, First Lieutenant, United States Army Air Service at Arlington National Cemetery
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Love
- Goodman, Tyler. "Prescott Municipal Airport: More Flights, More Destinations, Larger Aircraft". Prescott eNews. Retrieved 2016-11-21.
"Prescott, AZ: Ernest A. Love Field (PRC)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. December 2013. Retrieved Feb 2016. Check date values in:
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket DOT-OST-1996-1899) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2005-3-16 (March 9, 2005): selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide essential air service at Kingman, Prescott, Page, and Show Low for a new two-year period, at a combined first-year subsidy of $3,840,959, and a combined second-year subsidy of $3,854,958.
- Order 2007-6-10 (June 13, 2007): selecting Mesa Air Group, Inc. d/b/a Air Midwest to provide subsidized essential air service at Kingman and Prescott, Arizona, for two years, beginning when the carrier full service. Service will consist of three round trips a day (18 per week) with 19-seat Beech 1900D aircraft over a Kingman Prescott Phoenix or Prescott Kingman Las Vegas routing, at a total annual subsidy of $1,798,489 for both communities.
- Order 2008-6-11 (June 10, 2008): selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide essential air service at Kingman and Prescott, Arizona, for a two-year period beginning when the carrier inaugurates full service at both communities at a combined annual subsidy of $2,898,490.
- Order 2011-3-4 (March 1, 2011): re-selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide essential air service at Kingman, Page, Prescott, and Show Low, Arizona for the two-year period from May 1, 2011, to April 30, 2013, for a combined annual subsidy of $5,596,114.
- Order 2013-6-1 (June 3, 2013): re-selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide Essential Air Service at Kingman, Page, Prescott, and Show Low, Arizona, for the two-year period from May 1, 2013, through April 30, 2015, for a combined annual subsidy of $7,873,533. Subsidy for Prescott: $2,094,235. Routing: PRC-LAX nonstop and/or DEN one-stop. Weekly Frequency: 18. Aircraft: Beechcraft 1900D. Seats: 19.
- Official website
- Ernest A. Love Field (PRC) at Arizona DOT airport directory
- Aerial image as of June 1992 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective November 7, 2019
- FAA Terminal Procedures for PRC, effective November 7, 2019
- Resources for this airport: