Eugene Airport

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Eugene Airport
Mahlon Sweet Field
Eugene Municipal Airport
Eugene Airport Logo.jpg
Eugene Airport - Oregon.jpg
2006 USGS Orthophoto
Airport type Public
Operator City of Eugene
Location Lane County, near Eugene, Oregon
Elevation AMSL 374 ft / 114 m
Coordinates 44°07′23″N 123°13′07″W / 44.12306°N 123.21861°W / 44.12306; -123.21861
EUG is located in Oregon
Location of airport in Oregon / United States
EUG is located in the US
EUG (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16R/34L 8,009 2,441 Asphalt
16L/34R 6,000 1,829 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 1,078,504[1]
Aircraft operations 61,634[1]
Air cargo enplaned (lbs.) 1,124,067[1]
Based aircraft 181[2]
The A-gates, with jet bridges
American Eagle CRJ-700 at EUG

Eugene Airport (IATA: EUG, ICAO: KEUG, FAA LID: EUG), also known as Mahlon Sweet Field, is a public airport 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Eugene, in Lane County, Oregon, United States. Owned and operated by the City of Eugene, it is the fifth-largest airport in the Pacific Northwest.[3] The terminal building has "A" gates on the upper level and "B" gates, ticketing, and baggage claim on the lower level. The airport has an expanded air cargo facility and three fixed-base operators (FBOs) to handle general aviation. In 2015, the Eugene Airport handled 909,121 passengers and 59,961 aircraft movements.[1] The airport was named for Mahlon Sweet (1886–1947), a Eugene automobile dealer who was a strong supporter of aviation and pushed to get the now-defunct Eugene Air Park built in 1919, followed by the current airfield in 1943.[4] In 2010, a new airport rescue and firefighting facility was built.[5] EUG covers 2,600 acres (1,052 ha) of land.[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

FAA Airport diagram for EUG


Airlines Destinations
Alaska Airlines Portland (OR), San Jose (CA) (ends August 25, 2018),[6] Seattle/Tacoma
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Phoenix/Mesa
Seasonal: San Diego
American Eagle Los Angeles, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Delta Connection Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma
United Airlines Denver, San Francisco
United Express Denver, San Francisco


Airlines Destinations
Airpac Airlines Portland (OR), Seattle/Tacoma
Ameriflight Portland (OR), Redmond/Bend, Roseburg
FedEx Feeder Portland (OR), Roseburg
Martinaire Portland (OR)

Current airline service[edit]

Alaska Airlines (formerly Horizon Air) operates the Bombardier Q400 on all of flights from the Eugene Airport with service to Portland, Seattle–Tacoma and San Jose (CA). Allegiant Air flies to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Phoenix-Mesa using either McDonnell Douglas MD-80 or Airbus A319 aircraft. American Eagle operated by SkyWest Airlines flies nonstop to Los Angeles and Phoenix-Sky Harbor using the Canadair CRJ-700 regional jet. Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines flies to Salt Lake City and Seattle-Tacoma using either the Canadair CRJ-700 or CRJ-900 series aircraft. United Airlines flies the Airbus A320 nonstop to Denver and San Francisco, additionally United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines flies to Denver and San Francisco using CRJ-700 regional jets.


Top destinations[edit]

Top 10 Domestic Routes from EUG (March 2017 – February 2018)[7]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 125,810 Alaska, Delta Connection
2 San Francisco, California 119,440 United
3 Portland, Oregon 54,610 Alaska
4 Los Angeles, California 54,270 Allegiant, American Eagle
5 Denver, Colorado 52,230 United
6 Salt Lake City, Utah 40,790 Delta Connection
7 San Jose, California 18,710 Alaska
8 Phoenix/Sky Harbor, Arizona 17,020 American
9 Oakland, California 16,610 Allegiant
10 Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona 16,480 Allegiant

General aviation[edit]

There is one fixed based operator on field that caters to general aviation, Atlantic Aviation. Atlantic specializes in maintenance and working on larger general aviation aircraft like Gulfstreams and Learjets. They are the only on-airport company that has fuel trucks. There is also a general aviation self serve fuel station located on the field.

Eugene Flight Center, a flight school and charter operation, operates on the north end of the airport. They offer charter and aerial photography flights as well as flight instruction. Fairbanks Aircraft Service LLC is collocated with Eugene Flight Center and offers general aviation maintenance and repair services.

Mahlon Sweet is also home to the Lane Community College Flight Academy. LCC's Flight Technology Center provides flight instruction for private, commercial, instrument, multi-engine and flight instructor. Their fleet includes several Cessna 152's, a few Piper Warrior II's, Piper Arrow IV, and a Piper Seminole. Lane Aviation Academy is located at the southern end of Mahlon Sweet Field. The Aviation Maintenance Technician program is one of the oldest FAA Pt. 147 approved AMT schools in continuous operation. The AMT program also operates a Pt. 145 Approved Repair Station. During the two-year program the students are taught all aspects of aircraft and helicopter maintenance and repair in preparation to pass the written and oral and practical exams to obtain an FAA Airframe and Powerplants (A&P) certificates.

Panorama of the airport


Terminal at Eugene Airport, March 2015

The parking facility is attended 24 hours a day and contains 237 short-term and more than 1000 long-term parking spaces in the main lot, with an additional 582 spaces in the overflow lot. A shuttle service serves the overflow lot when in use.


At the request of Mahlon Sweet the original Eugene Air Park was built in 1919 at what is now the southeast corner of West 18th Avenue and Chambers Street. This first airstrip took care of all aviation operations until the modern Mahlon Sweet Field opened in 1943.

During World War II the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Forces. The December 1951 C&GS diagram shows three runways forming an asterisk: the 026-deg runway was 5229 ft long, the 111-deg was 5205 ft and the 158-deg was 3999 ft.

Airport diagram for 1955

Historical airline service[edit]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On May 2, 1986, a Horizon Air Fairchild Metroliner was hijacked during a flight from Eugene to Portland. The flight was carrying 12 passengers and two pilots when it was hijacked by Douglas Burton Thomas, an unemployed Oklahoma man who was checking into a rehabilitation center in Eugene. The pilots then convinced the hijacker to allow the plane to stop in Hillsboro, where the pilot then left the plane and called the FBI. The hijacker then held passengers and crew hostage on the aircraft while he demanded fuel, drinking water, and four parachutes and threatened to kill one passenger or blow up the plane if these demands were not met. During negotiations with the FBI, four of the passengers were released shortly and the remainder about half an hour later. This left the hijacker alone on the aircraft, however he surrendered about 15 minutes later. It was later discovered that the hijacker had boarded the aircraft without a ticket.[44]
  • On November 10, 1988, an American Airlines flight from San Jose to Seattle made an emergency landing in Eugene after severe vibrations were observed during the flight. Of the 31 passengers on board, there were no injuries reported. The passengers were flown to their destinations on other airlines.[45]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d
  2. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for EUG (Form 5010 PDF), effective January 2016
  3. ^ "Airport Manager Recruitment Brochure" (PDF). City of Eugene. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
  4. ^ Friendly Area neighborhood website Archived 2005-05-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Eugene Airport Master Plan Executive Summary". Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Eugene Airport, Oregon (EUG)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. May 2018. 
  8. ^ "Republic halts Eugene service". The Register-Guard. July 7, 1984. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  9. ^, April 28, 1968 West Coast Airlines timetable
  10. ^, July 1, 1968 Air West timetable
  11. ^, Sept. 1, 1980 Hughes Airwest timetable
  12. ^ "Despite setbacks, airport is growing". The Register-Guard. October 19, 1980. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Airport commission approves design for remodeling". The Register-Guard. April 25, 1979. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Century Airlines to start service at Mahlon Sweet". The Register-Guard. December 1, 1979. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  15. ^, June 1, 1981 Air Oregon system timetable
  16. ^ "Republic Airlines taking over Hughes". The Register-Guard. September 19, 1980. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Airline to cut Eugene flights". The Register-Guard. October 16, 1980. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  18. ^, June 1, 1984 Republic Airlines route map
  19. ^, April 28, 1985 Republic Airlines map
  20. ^, Oct. 15, 1984 Cascade Airways timetable
  21. ^ a b "Economy to offer few surprises". The Register-Guard. December 31, 1985. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Something special is happening to Eugene". The Register-Guard. June 18, 1985. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  23. ^, Feb. 15, 1985 Official Airline Guide
  24. ^ "Frontier Airlines Closes". The St. Petersburg Times. August 25, 1986. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Continental to start flying from Eugene". The Register-Guard. March 7, 1987. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  26. ^ a b, Dec. 15, 1989 Official Airline Guide
  27. ^ "Airline to provide Eugene with 3 flights to San Jose". The Register-Guard. October 5, 1988. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Airport expects boost from Hyundai". The Register-Guard. June 8, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Officials upbeat about airport's future". The Register-Guard. April 20, 1994. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  30. ^ "Eugene close to landing Delta". The Register-Guard. January 13, 2004. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  31. ^ "Airport gets new carrier". The Register-Guard. January 25, 1995. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  32. ^, June 1, 1999 Official Airline Guide
  33. ^ "U.S. Airways, America West to join". The Register-Guard. May 20, 2005. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  34. ^ "Flights to Utah set to take off May 1". The Register-Guard. February 24, 2004. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  35. ^ a b "Allegiant Air will offer nonstop flights to L.A." The Register-Guard. April 7, 2010. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  36. ^ "Airlines cut some Eugene flights". KVAL News. April 30, 2008. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  37. ^ "Delta to cut more L.A. flights". The Los Angeles Times. July 4, 2008. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  38. ^ "Small Airline Adding Service To Eugene". OPB News. August 7, 2008. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  39. ^ "Allegiant Announces New Flights From the Mainland to Hawaii" (Press release). Allegiant Air. May 15, 2012. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  40. ^ Russo, Edward (February 19, 2013). "Frontier touching down in Eugene". The Register-Guard. Retrieved April 18, 2013. [permanent dead link]
  41. ^ McDonald, Sherri Buri (April 5, 2013). "American Airlines plans L.A. flights". The Register-Guard. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  42. ^ Zavoral, Linda. "New nonstop flights between San Jose, Eugene's Willamette Valley". The Mercury News. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  43. ^ Chan, Julie (June 11, 2016). "United Airlines mainline service returns to Eugene Airport". KVAL News. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  44. ^ "Man forces arraignment on charge of air piracy". The Bulletin. May 5, 1986. Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
  45. ^ "Emergency landing". The Modesto Bee. November 11, 1988. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 

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