Great Bend Municipal Airport

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Great Bend Municipal Airport
Great Bend Municipal Airport Logo.jpg
Great Bend Municipal Airport KS 2006 USGS.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Great Bend
ServesGreat Bend, Kansas
Elevation AMSL1,887 ft / 575 m
Coordinates38°20′39″N 098°51′33″W / 38.34417°N 98.85917°W / 38.34417; -98.85917Coordinates: 38°20′39″N 098°51′33″W / 38.34417°N 98.85917°W / 38.34417; -98.85917
GBD is located in Kansas
Location of airport in Kansas
GBD is located in the United States
GBD (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 7,851 2,393 Asphalt
11/29 4,706 1,434 Asphalt
Aircraft operations (2017)15,576
Based aircraft (2018)48

Great Bend Municipal Airport (IATA: GBD, ICAO: KGBD, FAA LID: GBD) is located five miles west of Great Bend, in Barton County, Kansas.[1] It is used for general aviation and formerly saw one airline, subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.

The Federal Aviation Administration says this airport had 1,407 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[2] 927 in 2009, and 719 in 2010.[3] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021 categorized it as a general aviation airport (the commercial service category requires 2,500 enplanements per year).[4]


During World War II the facility was Great Bend Army Airfield and was used for United States Army Air Forces Second Air Force training. It was one of the first B-29 Superfortress bases, used to organize XXI Bomber Command before it deployed to the Western Pacific in 1944. It was closed during the late 1940s and turned over to civil control.

The airport is the site of the 1955 National Hot Rod Association U.S. Nationals, the first nationwide NHRA drag racing event.


The airport covers 1,887 acres (764 ha) at an elevation of 1,887 feet (575 m). It has two asphalt runways: 17/35 is 7,851 by 100 feet (2,393 x 30 m) and 11/29 is 4,706 by 75 feet (1,434 x 23 m).[1]

For the year ending October 31, 2017 the airport had 15,576 aircraft operations, an average of 43 per day: 86% general aviation, 12% air taxi and 2% military. In December 2018, there were 48 aircraft based at this airport: 37 single-engine, 9 multi-engine and 2 jet.[1]

Airline and non-stop destinations[edit]

After SeaPort Airlines abruptly ended service on January 16, 2016, the airport is currently without scheduled airline service.


Carrier shares: (Dec 2015 - Nov 2016)[5]
Carrier   Passengers (arriving and departing)
Top domestic destinations:
(Dec 2015 - Nov 2016)
Rank Airport Passengers Airline
1 Kansas City, MO 20 SeaPort


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for GBD (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective December 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "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)
  3. ^ "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)
  4. ^ "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 October 27, 2012. External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ a b "Great Bend, KS: Great Bend Municipal (GBD)". 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-1998-3496) 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. Great Bend, Kansas: Docket OST-1998-3496; Scheduled Service: 12 one-stop round trips per week to Kansas City; Aircraft: Beech 1900, 19 seats.
    • Order 2011-10-24 (October 31, 2011): re-selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to provide essential air service (EAS) at Great Bend and Hays combined for $3,246,061 annual subsidy. Effective Period: Two year period beginning when American Eagle begins full EAS (at Garden City) through the 24th month thereafter. Great Bend: 12 one-stop round trips per week to Denver with Beech 1900 aircraft.
    • Order 2014-3-9 (March 14, 2014): selecting SeaPort Airlines, Inc. to provide essential air service (EAS) at Great Bend, and sets bridge rates for Great Lakes at Great Bend and Hays until the start of replacement service.
      • Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd.: Docket 1998-3496; Effective Period: May 1, 2014 through July 31, 2014; Service: Twelve (12) one-stop round trips per week to Denver (DEN); Aircraft Type: Beech 1900; Annual Subsidy: $1,975,110.
      • SeaPort Airlines, Inc.: Docket 1998-3496; Effective Period: Start of service through July 31, 2016; Service: Eighteen (18) nonstop round trips per week to Wichita (ICT); Aircraft Type: C-208 Caravan; Annual Subsidy: $1,434,472.
    • Order 2014-4-14 (April 17, 2014): approving the request of SeaPort Airlines, Inc. to alter the service pattern for Great Bend, Kansas (GBD) by allowing service to Wichita, Kansas (ICT), and to Kansas City, Missouri (MCI) via Salina, Kansas (SLN).

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