Essex County Airport

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Essex County Airport
Airport type Public
Owner Essex County Improvement Authority
Serves Caldwell, New Jersey
Elevation AMSL 172 ft / 52 m
Coordinates 40°52′31″N 074°16′53″W / 40.87528°N 74.28139°W / 40.87528; -74.28139Coordinates: 40°52′31″N 074°16′53″W / 40.87528°N 74.28139°W / 40.87528; -74.28139
CDW is located in Essex County, New Jersey
Location in Essex County, New Jersey
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 4,552 1,387 Asphalt
10/28 3,719 1,134 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft operations 74,459
Based aircraft 197

Essex County Airport (IATA: CDW[2]ICAO: KCDWFAA LID: CDW), informally "Caldwell Airport",[3] is a public use airport located in Fairfield Township, Essex County, New Jersey, two nautical miles (4 km) north of the central business district of Caldwell, a borough of northwestern Essex County in the U.S. state of New Jersey. It is owned by the Essex County Improvement Authority.[1] This facility is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation reliever airport.[4]


In April 1929 Essex Airport Corporation was formed by Walter Marvin and six other individuals. The intention of the company was to open an airport to serve Montclair, New Jersey, a town seven miles (11 km) away. The tract of land that Essex Airport Corporation intended for the airport was the Fairfield Dairy Company land that had also been used during WWI as a temporary airfield for the Naval Rifle Range which had been located along the Passaic River in Pine Brook. Some of the early references to airport have the designation “Marvin Airport”, named after Walter Marvin.[5]

The airport gained national attention when John F. Kennedy, Jr., who based his private aircraft there, crashed hours after departing the airport en route for Martha's Vineyard Airport with his wife and sister-in-law on July 16, 1999.[5]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Essex County Airport main building and tower

Essex County Airport covers an area of 275 acres (111 ha) at an elevation of 172 feet (52 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways with asphalt surfaces: 4/22 is 4,552 by 80 feet (1,387 x 24 m) and 10/28 is 3,719 by 75 feet (1,134 x 23 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending November 30, 2012, the airport had 74,459 aircraft operations, an average of about 200 per day: 97% general aviation, 1% air taxi and 1% military. Around that time there were 197 aircraft based at this airport: 81% single-engine, 16% multi-engine and 1.5% each jets and helicopters.[1]

The weather station reports are commonly identified as "Caldwell".[6][7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Tropic Ocean Airways Seasonal: New York Seaplane Base

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for CDW (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective January 10, 2013.
  2. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (CDW: Caldwell)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Essex County Airport (Welcome Page)". Essex County Improvement Authority. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ a b Santiago, Katherine (June 21, 2009). "Historic Essex County Airport has a lofty past". The Star-Ledger. Newark. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  6. ^ "Weather observations for the past three days, Caldwell, Essex County Airport". National Weather Service. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Average Weather For Caldwell, New Jersey, USA". Retrieved March 12, 2014. 

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