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Gainesville Regional Airport

Coordinates: 29°41′24″N 082°16′18″W / 29.69000°N 82.27167°W / 29.69000; -82.27167
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Gainesville Regional Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Gainesville
OperatorGainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority
ServesGainesville, Florida
Locationwithin Gainesville municipal boundary
Elevation AMSL151 ft / 46 m
Coordinates29°41′24″N 082°16′18″W / 29.69000°N 82.27167°W / 29.69000; -82.27167
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 7,504 2,287 Asphalt
07/25 4,158 1,267 Asphalt
Statistics (2022)
Total passengers (2022)535,694 Increase 38%
Total enplanements266,349 Increase 16.8%
Aircraft operations72,385 Increase 15.1%
Based aircraft7,814 Increase 36%

Gainesville Regional Airport (IATA: GNV[2], ICAO: KGNV, FAA LID: GNV) is a public airport three miles northeast of Gainesville, in Alachua County, Florida, United States. It is owned by Gainesville-Alachua Co. Auth.[1] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[3]

Gainesville Regional Airport had 177,282 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2011 and 159,499 enplanements in 2010.[4] They also had 217,355 passenger boardings (enplanements) in 2015, more than 2% higher than 2014.[5]

Gainesville Regional Airport had 558,246 passengers in 2019.[6]

The airport annually hosts the Gator Fly In at the general aviation facilities. The event includes military aircraft displays, a classic car show, food trucks, live music, and aircraft rides aboard a Ford Tri-motor, a Cessna 172, and on helicopters.


Alachua Army Airfield in 1949

Construction of the airport began in April 1940 as a Works Project Administration project. In 1941 initial construction was completed. Upon conclusion of the construction by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the facility was known as the Alachua Army Airfield and was used by the Army Air Corps and the Army Air Forces.

The airfield was declared surplus in September 1945 and turned over to the Army Corps of Engineers on October 1, 1946. The War Assets Administration deeded the facility to the city of Gainesville in 1948 as a civil airport. The field was known as John R. Alison Airport or Gainesville Municipal Airport; the city operated, maintained, and improved the airport, which was renamed the Gainesville Regional Airport in October 1977. The airline terminal was dedicated to John R. Alison in 1979.

Eastern Airlines served Gainesville beginning in the 1950s, with flights to Tallahassee, Jacksonville and Ocala,[7] eventually offering nonstop flights to Atlanta and Miami by the 1970s.[8] Eastern served Gainesville until its bankruptcy in 1991 and was consistently a profitable destination for the company. Air Florida served Gainesville in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with flights to Miami, Tampa and Ocala.[9][10]

In 1986 the State Legislature passed a bill that established the Airport as the Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority. The Airport Authority has nine board members, five selected by the City of Gainesville, three by the Governor and one by Alachua County, and continues to oversee the Airport.

On October 31, 2004 Gainesville Regional Airport hosted Air Force One[11] during George W. Bush's re-election campaign. 17,000 people attended the event. [12][13]

In recent years the Airport has substantially completed several projects: the refurbishment of its primary runway (11/29), piping of an open ditch parallel to that runway, and completion of two phases of the Terminal Renovation project. Three passenger boarding bridges have been installed.

Eclipse Aviation, maker of the Eclipse 500, operated its first factory service center in Gainesville until the company declared bankruptcy in 2009.[14][15] In 2012 Silver Airways moved its maintenance facilities from Ft. Lauderdale into the existing Eclipse Aviation facility.[16] Silver provides commercial airline service to several destinations around Florida and Bahamas. In April 2015 Silver airways moved its maintenance to Orlando International.

The control tower operates 645a to 1030p daily.

Control Tower

After the passing of Gainesville native Tom Petty on October 2, 2017, a change.org petition was started to have the airport renamed "Tom Petty - Gainesville Regional Airport".[17]

In 2021 Gainesville Regional Airport added a 15,200 square-foot expansion onto their terminal. The new expansion adds a mother lactation room, a pet relief area, two new gates, hundreds of new seats with charging ports, a departure and arrival board, and an area for a food/store vendor. In addition to the expansion, the existing terminal was given a renovation.[18] The project cost $16 million dollars that was funded by a $12 million dollar grant from the FAA.[19] Plans to add a parking structure are currently in discussion, with immediate plans to construct a temporary parking lot to alleviate capacity issues.[20]


The airport covers 1,650 acres (670 ha) and has two asphalt runways: 11/29 is 7,504 by 150 feet (2,287 x 46 m) and 07/25 is 4,158 by 100 feet (1,267 x 30 m).[1]

In the year ending September 30, 2022 the airport had 68,032 aircraft operations, average 186 per day: 78% general aviation, 6% air taxi, 7% military and 9% airline. 173 aircraft at that time were based at the airport: 98 single-engine, 18 multi-engine, 51 jet and 6 helicopter.[1]

Gainesville Regional Airport has one full service FBO, University Air Center. There were two, Gulf Atlantic Airways and Flight Line. Flight Line's contract with the airport authority expired and Gulf Atlantic became University Air Center. University Air Center has a pilots lounge with TV, snack machines, aircraft rentals and charters, flight instruction, and fuel. Gainesville Regional Airport's terminal has 5 gates. Gates 3, 4, and 5 are used by American Eagle. Gates 1 and 2 are used by Delta Air Lines and Delta Connection. The airport terminal has a snack bar and a gift shop, operated by Tailwind. The airport's ground transportation is served by taxis; rental car companies; an RTS bus stop serving routes 25, 26, and 39; and hotel shuttle buses. Renovations that were completed in 2021 added 2 additional gates to the facility, in addition to a larger baggage screening area, and additional parking spaces. The terminal expansion and improvement project was completed July 29, 2021, and also added additional restrooms, additional food and beverage areas, a lactation room, an airport chapel, and a pet relief area, in addition to 2 additional gates[21]

In August 2021, the Gainesville City Commission approved FAA grants to cover engineering costs for improvements to the apron and taxiway and costs incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.[22]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airport Interior, West Lobby
American Eagle Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Silver Airways Fort Lauderdale


Annual Passenger Enplanements at GNV, 2000 - 2018[23]
Year Passengers Year Passengers
2000 144,996 2010 164,977
2001 121,152 2011 183,091
2002 135,106 2012 196,840
2003 124,747 2013 204,924
2004 141,213 2014 208,262
2005 173,326 2015 217,358
2006 159,958 2016 206,330
2007 148,501 2017 218,578
2008 141,077 2018 236,019
2009 134,614 2019 273,253

Total passengers[edit]

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at GNV, 2009 to present.
Year Passengers Growth
2009 268,700 Increase01.9%
2010 298,505 Increase011.2%
2011 359,826 Increase021%
2012 381,584 Increase06.2%
2013 401,651 Increase05.1%
2014 410,568 Increase02.3%
2015 433,113 Increase05.5%
2016 421,700[24] Decrease02.7%
2017 436,184[25] Increase03.5%
2018 476,396[26] Increase 6%0
2019 558,246[27] Increase017.2%
2020 239,000 Decrease 57.2%
2021 384,790 Increase 61.2%
2022 535,694 Increase 39.2%
2023 531,246 Decrease 0.8%

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from Gainesville (FL)
(February 2023 – January 2024)
Rank City Passengers
1 Atlanta, Georgia 152,970
2 Charlotte, North Carolina 69,680
3 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 23,420
4 Miami, Florida 18,330
5 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 4,150

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On May 31, 2018, Allegiant Air Flight 1304 made an emergency landing due to a medical emergency involving the pilot. On the flight from Cincinnati to Punta Gorda, the pilot had a seizure, and the flight diverted to Gainesville. The pilot was immediately brought to the hospital. There were no other injuries or deaths.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Form 5010 for GNV PDF.
  2. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (GNV: Gainesville Regional)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
  3. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on 2012-09-27.
  4. ^ "Primary, Non-primary Commercial Service, and General Aviation Airports (by State)" (PDF, 1.7 MB). CY 2011 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 9, 2012.
  5. ^ "Gainesville Regional Airport - Passengers Set GNV Record". gra-gnv.com. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  6. ^ "GNV Sets Another All-time Record for Passenger Traffic in 2019". Gainesville Regional Airport. January 22, 2020. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  7. ^ "Eastern timetable, December 1, 1958". Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Eastern Airlines route map, September 6, 1972". Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Air Florida timetable, February 1, 1979". Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Air Florida timetable, January 15, 1984". departedflights.com. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  11. ^ "17,000 greet President Bush on brief stop in Gainesville". Gainesville Sun. November 1, 2004.
  12. ^ "Monthly Meeting Highlights" (DOC). Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority. November 18, 2004.
  13. ^ "The Travels of President George W. Bush". GWU.edu. October 2004.
  14. ^ "Gainesville Airport gets new tenants". Gainesville Sun. April 28, 2009.
  15. ^ "Turbulent times". Gainesville Sun. January 9, 2010.
  16. ^ "Silver Airways bringing maintenance facility to Gainesville". Gainesville Sun. January 19, 2012.
  17. ^ "Honoring a legend".
  18. ^ Fludd, Ruelle. "Gainesville Regional Airport debuts new terminal expansion". www.wcjb.com. Retrieved 2021-07-30.
  19. ^ "GNV receives FAA Grant for its 15,200-square foot terminal expansion". Gainesville Regional Airport. 2019-09-23. Retrieved 2021-07-30.
  20. ^ "Gainesville Airport Authority Meeting Notes September 2019".
  21. ^ "GNV Cuts Ribbon on New Terminal Expansion". 29 July 2021.
  22. ^ "Gainesville airport receives $5.6M in grants".
  23. ^ "Passenger Boarding (Enplanement) and All-Cargo Data for U.S. Airports". Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  24. ^ "The 2018 Book of Lists" (PDF). Florida Trend. 2018. Retrieved February 2, 2024.
  25. ^ "Quick Facts 2017" (PDF). Gainesville Regional Airport. 2017. Retrieved February 2, 2024.
  26. ^ admin (2019-02-12). "GNV SETS ALL-TIME RECORD FOR PASSENGER TRAFFIC IN 2018". Gainesville Regional Airport. Retrieved 2024-02-02.
  27. ^ "Evaluation and Appraisal Report - North Central Florida Strategic Regional Policy Plan" (PDF). North Central Florida Regional Planning Council. December 3, 2020. Retrieved February 2, 2024.
  28. ^ "RITA | BTS | Transtats". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. March 23, 2020. Retrieved March 23, 2020.

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