Ernest A. Love Field

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This article is about the airport in Prescott, Arizona. For the airport in Dallas, Texas, see Dallas Love Field.
Prescott Yavapai International Airport
Yavapai Airport
IATA: PRCICAO: KPRCFAA LID: PRC
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Prescott
Operator Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Serves Prescott, Arizona
Location Great Lakes
Hub for Southwest Airlines
Elevation AMSL 5,045 ft / 1,538 m
Coordinates 34°39′16″N 112°25′11″W / 34.65444°N 112.41972°W / 34.65444; -112.41972Coordinates: 34°39′16″N 112°25′11″W / 34.65444°N 112.41972°W / 34.65444; -112.41972
Website www.prcairport.com
Map
PRC is located in Arizona
PRC
PRC
Location in Arizona
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3R/21L 7,616 2,321 Asphalt
3L/21R 4,848 1,478 Asphalt
12/30 4,408 1,344 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 244,080
Based aircraft 232

Prescott Municipal Airport, Ernest A. Love Field (IATA: PRC[2]ICAO: KPRCFAA LID: PRC) is eight miles north of Prescott, in Yavapai County, Arizona.[1] Love Field is used for general aviation but is served by Great Lakes Airlines, who has a code-share agreement with United and Frontier Airlines, a service subsidized by the federal government's Essential Air Service program at a cost of $2,094,325(per year).[3]

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 5,816 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[4] 11,668 in 2009 and 7,836 in 2010.[5]

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.

Namesake[edit]

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.[6] The hamlet of Love, Arizona is also named for him.[7]

Facilities[edit]

Ernest A. Love Field covers 760 acres (308 ha) at an elevation of 5,045 feet (1,538 m). It has three asphalt runways: 3R/21L is 7,616 by 150 feet (2,321 x 46 m); 3L/21R is 4,848 by 60 feet (1,478 x 18 m); 12/30 is 4,408 by 75 feet (1,344 x 23 m).[1]

Plans to extend Runway 3R/21L and Runway 3L/22R 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.[citation needed]

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.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
Great Lakes Airlines Farmington, Los Angeles

Statistics[edit]

Carrier shares: January – December 2013[8]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Great Lakes
10,570(100%)
Top domestic destinations: Jan. – Dec. 2013[8]
Rank City Airport name & IATA code Passengers
1 Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) 3,690
2 Denver, CO Denver International Airport (DEN) 1,280
3 Page, AZ Page Municipal Airport (PGA) 80
4 Moab, UT Canyonlands Field (CNY) 70
5 Kingman, AZ Kingman Airport (IGM) 20
6 Visalia, CA Visalia Municipal Airport (VIS) 10
7 Phoenix, AZ Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) 10
8 Farmington, NM Four Corners Regional Airport (FMN) <10

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References[edit]

Other sources[edit]

  • 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.

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