Gallup Municipal Airport

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Gallup Municipal Airport
IATA: GUPICAO: KGUPFAA LID: GUP
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Gallup
Serves Gallup, New Mexico
Elevation AMSL 6,472 ft / 1,973 m
Coordinates 35°30′40″N 108°47′22″W / 35.51111°N 108.78944°W / 35.51111; -108.78944
Website ci.gallup.nm.us/...
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 7,316 2,230 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations 4,643
Based aircraft 23

Gallup Municipal Airport (IATA: GUPICAO: KGUPFAA LID: GUP) is three miles (5 km) southwest of Gallup in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States.[1]

The airport is on Historic Hwy 66. The FBO is Gallup Flying Service; Gallup Med Flight operates Critical Care Air Transport Air Ambulance service.

Facilities[edit]

The airport covers 359 acres (145 ha) at an elevation of 6,472 feet (1,973 m); its one runway, 6/24, is 7,316 by 100 feet (2,230 x 30 m) asphalt.[1]

In the year ending March 31, 2009 the airport had 4,643 aircraft operations, average 12 per day: 58% air taxi, 26% general aviation, 12% airline and 4% military. 23 aircraft were then based at this airport: 57% single-engine and 43% multi-engine.[1]

Historical Airline Service[edit]

Gallup has been served by many airlines since the late 1940s. The first was Arizona Airways which provided Douglas DC-3 flights to Albuquerque and to Phoenix with stops at Winslow, Flagstaff, and Prescott, AZ. In 1950 Arizona Airways merged with two other carriers to become Frontier Airlines. Frontier added flights to Farmington, NM that continued through to Denver and upgraded to larger 50-seat aircraft during the 1960s with the Convair 340 followed by the Convair 580. Their service continued until 1981 when the carrier went to all jet aircraft and ended service to all their smaller cities. Meanwhile, several commuter carriers began serving Gallup; Cochise Airlines came in 1979 followed by Desert Airlines in 1980, each with flights to Phoenix making several stops. Sun West Airlines began service later in 1980 with flights to Albuquerque as well as Phoenix using Piper Navajo aircraft and later upgrading with Beechcraft 99s. Their service continued into 1985 at which time Mesa Airlines began operating on the same routes also using Beech 99's. Mesa ended their Albuquerque flights in 1989 and the Phoenix flights became America West Express in 1992 operating as a feeder for America West Airlines using Beechcraft 1900D airliners. The Phoenix service thrived with the major airline code-share and as many as seven flights per day were operated. Mesa also added a larger 30-seat Embraer 120 Brasilia aircraft to its schedule. In the late 1990s commuter airline traffic suffered a major downturn nationwide and the Phoenix flights ended in 1999. Flights to Albuquerque were reinstated under the Mesa Airlines brand but ended three years later. Gallup then went several years without airline service until an agreement was made with Great Lakes Airlines in 2007 to provide flights to Phoenix and Denver (via Farmington) using Beech 1900D's. This service lasted a little over a year ending in 2008 and Gallup has not seen further airline service since.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for GUP (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-07-02.
  2. ^ Timetables from the various airlines that have served Gallup, NM

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