Garden City Regional Airport

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Garden City Regional Airport
Garden City Regional Airport Logo.png
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Garden City
ServesGarden City, Kansas
LocationPierceville Township, Finney County
Elevation AMSL2,891 ft / 881 m
Coordinates37°55′39″N 100°43′28″W / 37.92750°N 100.72444°W / 37.92750; -100.72444Coordinates: 37°55′39″N 100°43′28″W / 37.92750°N 100.72444°W / 37.92750; -100.72444
GCK is located in Kansas
Location in Kansas
GCK is located in the United States
GCK (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 7,300 2,225 Concrete
12/30 5,700 1,737 Concrete
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations17,260
Based aircraft47

Garden City Regional Airport (IATA: GCK, ICAO: KGCK, FAA LID: GCK) is nine miles southeast of Garden City, in Finney County, Kansas.[1] It is served by one scheduled airline, subsidized by the federal government's Essential Air Service program at a cost of $2,919,026 (per year).[2]

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport.[3] Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 11,453 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[4] 10,014 in 2009, and 10,155 in 2010.[5]


During World War II the United States Army Air Forces used Garden City Airport as a training airfield by the Army Air Forces Flying Training Command, Gulf Coast Training Center. The facility was called Garden City Army Airfield.

The main Garden City Army Airfield and its auxiliaries closed in November 1945 and were declared excess by the military on 18 May 1947. Civil authorities developed the main airfield into Garden City Regional Airport.

Continental DC-3s landed at GCK from about 1946 until replaced by Central in 1961; successor Frontier's Convairs left around 1970. Earlier, Continental had landed at the old municipal airport three miles east of town.

Garden City Regional Airport's status as former Garden City AAF made it important during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. When orders were dispatched to ground all domestic flights, three large jets were told to land at GCRA, the closest airport large enough for them. The airport had no stairs for large airliners and the passengers had to be evacuated by Garden City Fire Department ladder trucks.[6]

In December 2011 the EAS program awarded American Eagle Airlines two daily non-stop flights to Dallas-Fort Worth.


The airport covers 1,848 acres (748 ha) at an elevation of 2,891 feet (881 m). It has two concrete runways: 17/35 is 7,300 by 100 feet (2,225 x 30 m) and 12/30 is 5,700 by 100 feet (1,737 x 30 m).[1]

In the year ending August 31, 2010 the airport had 17,260 aircraft operations, average 47 per day: 60% general aviation, 31% airline, and 9% military. 47 aircraft were then based at the airport: 83% single-engine and 17% multi-engine.[1]

Airline and destination[edit]

American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth


Carrier shares: (Aug 2016 - Jul 2017)[7]
Carrier   Passengers (arriving and departing)
Envoy Air
Top domestic destinations:
(Aug 2016 - Jul 2017)
Rank Airport Passengers Airline
1 Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) 27,000 American


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for GCK (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective August 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "Essential Air Service Reports". U.S. Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  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. External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ Story about the 9/11 landings from the Garden City Telegram's web site[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b "Garden City, KS: Garden City Regional (GCK)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. December 2013. Retrieved February 26, 2017.

Other sources[edit]

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket DOT-OST-1998-3503) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Order 2009-9-5 (September 11, 2009): re-selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to provide essential air service (EAS) at Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend, Hays, and Liberal for the two-year period from October 1, 2009, through September 30, 2011, at combined annual subsidy rates of $8,897,565. Garden City, Kansas: Docket OST-1998-3503; Effective Period: Start of Denver-Only service through September 30, 2011; Scheduled Service: 30 nonstop round trips per week to Denver; Aircraft: Beech 1900, 19 seats.
    • Order 2011-10-24 (October 31, 2011): selecting American Eagle Airlines to provide essential air service (EAS) at Garden City for $2,919,026 annual subsidy. Effective Period: Two year period beginning when American Eagle begins full EAS through the 24th month thereafter. Service: 14 nonstop round trips per week to Dallas. Aircraft: Embraer Regional Jet.
    • Order 2014-3-9 (March 14, 2014): selecting American Airlines to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Garden City, Kansas. Garden City, Kansas: Docket 1998-3503; Effective Period: May 1, 2014, through July 31, 2016; Service: Fourteen (14) nonstop round trips per week to Dallas (DFW); Aircraft Type: 44-seat or larger Regional Jet; Annual Subsidy: $1,445,172.

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